Kedikilwe’s grand Parley entrance


For years, the Serowe West constituency has been led by people from Gamma-Ngwato royal house but this past weekend, Onalepelo Kedikilwe who is not from the Khama royal house, won the by-election under the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF). He was supported by the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). Mmegi Staffer PINI BOTHOKO observes

The Serowe West constituency will after many years enjoy the benefits of holding its Member of Parliament (MP) accountable, as it was not easy to hold their chiefs-cum-legislators accountable even when their delivery was below par. Being led by their Dikgosi since 1998, it was hard for constituents to hold them accountable as their leaders in Parliament as they were forced to respect them as Dikgosi.

Kedikilwe is now forced to show his mettle to the people of Serowe West constituency as he is not a chief. Former president Ian Khama was recruited into politics by former president Festus Mogae who chose to appoint Roy Blackbeard to Foreign Service to pave way for the then vice president. Kedikilwe last weekend won the by-election by 2,933 votes followed by the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) that was represented by Moemedi Dijeng with 1,267 votes while Sibusiso Ngwenya of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) got a paltry 103 votes, and Kefilwe Koboto who stood as an independent amassed just 82 votes. Knowing what is expected of him, after assuming his role as an MP, Kedikilwe could not waste time in Parliament in his maiden debate. He showed his capabilities and bravery to lead his constituents by debating the Botswana Meat Industry Regulatory Authority Bill of 2022 that was presented by the Minister of Agriculture, Fidelis Molao.

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