Serame, Dikoloti’s ‘secret’ campaigns heat up

Serame PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Serame PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The new Mmathethe/Goodhope constituency is potentially a battleground for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s heavyweights, the Minister of Health, Edwin Dikoloti and the Minister of Finance, Peggy Serame.

The two are said to be ready to battle it out. There is also yet another contender, being the former councillor, Kopo Mononi. Apart from being a Minister, Dikoloti is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the current Mmathethe/Molapowabojwang which has now been split. Serame is the Special Elected Member of Parliament and also the BDP's Women’s Wing chairperson. Already, the constituency MP aspirants are constantly engaging the local people. This has not gone well with some people in the area who are complaining that the ministers are going against party rules and regulations for primary elections. “The party committees are failing to protect some members who are also willing to contest for the area because what ministers are doing is early campaigns. This is going to disadvantage other members who are not campaigning as they await the party to make announcements. Dikoloti and Serame are busy holding activities in the area and their motive is clear. They might not be saying it but one can tell that they are campaigning,” a source told Mmegi this week. The source further revealed that the two ministers have made the area MP for Goodhope/Mabule Eric Molale irrelevant by increasing their visibility in his area.

Mmegi also contacted some residents of the new Mmathethe/Goodhope constituency to get the feel of the political terrain in the area. One of the residents Thebeyame Magosi said Dikoloti has been very active in the area even before the said constituency was split. “What should Dikoloti do when he gets an invitation from the constituents? Again, he has been giving back to the community by helping them through football tournaments since 2015, youth business workshops and horse races which he has been doing for years. For example, Dikoloti has been doing tournaments and horse races at Segwaragwara cattle post which is at Mabule and that is where his cattle post is,” he added. He said recently, Dikoloti was invited by residents of Goodhope/Mabule for the Miss Barolong and has since also been invited for an event at Sekhutlane village in the same area. Magosi said people who are complaining must understand that Dikoloti has schooled with some residents in the Borolong area while some are his relatives. He said Mmathethe and Barolong residents are more related and people should not be shocked if Dikoloti is at Goodhope and start accusing him of campaigning.

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Mind your health

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