How I ran for Lobatse in 2014


I have often been asked who influenced my political decisions and eventually the idea of standing for general elections under the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ticket.

I never set out to be a politician. My desire had always been to be a judicial officer but the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) dealt that a terrible blow. I together with Advocate Sidney Pilane and others were interviewed for the job but we never made the cut. To this day, I don’t know which of the three questions I was asked I failed.

Now those who lived in Lobatse would know one Isso Abdullah. He was a flamboyant politician. What struck me about him was his love for the mayoral chain. I used to wonder what the chain represented and learnt later that it signified power! And it did because all doors closed to others were open to him.

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Let the law take its course

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