Tsogwane’s big endorsement

Slumber Tsogwane with Mokgweetsi Masisi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Slumber Tsogwane with Mokgweetsi Masisi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

If the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secures victory in next year's general election, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane will retain his position, dispelling any notions of Finance Minister Peggy Serame assuming the role.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi reaffirmed this during the BDP National Council and Extraordinary Congress held in Palapye over the weekend. In an impassioned introduction of Tsogwane, Masisi described him as the longest-serving Member of Parliament (MP), the most experienced and a dedicated, disciplined cadre of the party. "My choice of VP today and tomorrow," Masisi declared firmly, dismissing any speculation of Tsogwane's removal from the VP position in favour of Serame. "Serame will not be my VP. Tsogwane is my VP, please understand," Masisi emphasised.

He also clarified that any separate discussions between Serame and Tsogwane were unrelated to his decision. Since securing the BDP chairpersonship in a contest against former minister Nonofo Molefhi at the BDP elective congress in Tsabong last year, Tsogwane has grown increasingly confident in his prospects of ascending to the presidency. Unsubstantiated rumours have circulated about a plan to expedite Serame's political career within the party, potentially positioning her as the nation's first female Vice President.

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