JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Botswana’s former President, Festus Mogae has put his weight behind the country’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi as a candidate of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
The BDP is scheduled to host an elective congress in July slated for Tonota. However, the BDP has a succession tradition whereby a president is allowed to serve his two term limits, surprisingly, Minister of Local Government, Pelonomi Venson (Moitoi) threw a spanner in the BDP faction wars by announcing that she was breaking the automatic succession tradition which has lasted for the past 50 years as she is set to challenge the incumbent.
“I am totally flabbergasted and surprised by the action of Mma Venson (Moitoi), we have rules and Masisi is our leader,” said Mogaee.
“She is someone I know and have worked with. I haven’t spoken to her about this though. What you must remember is that I appointed her Permanent secretary. She is a hardworking person and of course there was corruption allegations when she was at BHC and she left but I appointed her back as specially elected. That is how much I believed in her.”
Mogae expressed disappointment on Moitoi’s challenge to Masisi.
“But with her decision to challenge she has not consulted me, of course she is not my child she is an independent person but as someone I respected and like, I regret the action she has taken and I don’t support her. I am disappointed!”
Mogae added that Botswana is not yet ready for a female president.
“They will emerge under the right circumstances, we can’t have a woman President under all cost. One day yes we may have a female President, again this is what I say will authenticate our democracy.”
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