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- Kealetile Moremi says she will not contest the elections in Maun West as rumored
- BDP members reportedly persuaded her to stand for elections
- Says she has no interest in politics
- Outgoing regent remains silent about her next move
Acting Batawana paramount Chief Kgosi Kealetile Moremi has refuted reports making rounds that she will be contesting the Maun West Constituency under the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ticket in the next general elections.
Reports has been rife that as she will be stepping down from office to pave way for her brother Kgosikgolo Tawana Moremi II who is returning to Bogosi, she will be joining politics. This comes after some BDP members reportedly approached Moremi persuading her to stand for the elections.
In an interview, Moremi however dismissed the reports as baseless and without any truth, pleading with Batawana and the public to ignore such. Moremi said she has never been interested in politics and that still stand even up to date.
“The rumors are false and there is nothing of such because I am not a politician and I will never be one. I am not interested in politics,” she refuted.
The regent could not be engaged at length on the matter as she indicated that she is not at liberty to discuss politics while still holding a public office. Questioned about what’s next for her when she steps down Moremi also declined to comment on the subject.
BDP North West Regional Chairperson Reaboka Mbulawa also rubbished the speculations stating that the only thing he knows is that Kealetile Moremi is the regent of Batawana.
Had the reports turned out to be true, Moremi was likely to face off at primaries with Prophet T.P Elias who is also reportedly eying the constituency. The prophet who has a large following from his church and Christian community is a card carrying member of the BDP and has been busy with party activities.
The candidate who will be fielded by the ruling party will face the incumbent area Member of Parliament, Dumelang Saleshando of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and possibly another candidate from the Umbrella for Democratic Change.
BDP lost the Maun constituency to opposition when Tawana Moremi quit the party in 2011 and the constituency has been under the opposition since then.
The BDP is currently on the offensive to oust the opposition from the Maun West, East, Ngami and Okavango constituencies as well as retain the Chobe constituency. The party has reportedly taken a deliberate decision to field candidates who are well known in the region whom they are certain will give the opposition a run for its money.
Masisi has recently led spirited campaigns in North West, after the regional committee called for his support in their desperate attempt to wrestle control of the region from the opposition.