Member of Parliament for Maun West, Kgosi Tawana Moremi has announced his decision to retire from active politics.
Speaking exclusively to The Voice, the Botswana Movement for Democracy legislature revealed that he will not contest the 2019 general election, although he will serve the rest of his term.
Talking in a sombre voice, a reflective Tawana believes he has been neglecting his party recently, noting that he has struggled of late to juggle his responsibilities as a family man with his position as an MP.
The proud father of three said, “I am done with politics unless there are extenuating circumstances that will force me to revert on my decision, otherwise I am done. The geographical demands of politics displaces me. During our break I have to tour my constituency and at the same time I have to be with my kids – it is just not working!”
Categorically denying rumours he has been approached by the ruling party, Tawana is confident he is leaving his constituency in capable hands.
“Even though I have achieved much, I feel that I have disappointed my people. But I know the Ngamiland people and they will continue where I left off,” he said.
The MP for Maun West highlighted his busy, badly organised schedule and the huge amounts of travelling it required, as being big factors in his decision to quit.
“I make time to attend all the Parliamentary sittings as per the schedule but you are told of some changes at the last minute. I cannot manage to be in Maun on Friday for a Pitso then on Monday in Gaborone for another session,” he grieved.
The BMD MP added that he had not had the chance to brief his party or the community of his decision, saying it was unfortunate that they would learn about his move from the media.
“I think there is something that tampered with my phone because I cannot make or receive all my calls. I have to change numbers and arrange meetings for that,” he said.
Concerning his future plans, the MP revealed he intends to relocate to an area called Phefodiahoka.
21“It straddles three places: GKGR, Hainaveldt farms and Chanoga – that is where I will be.”
Efforts to obtain a comment from BMD Vice President, Wynter Mmolotsi, proved futile while the party’s North West District Chairperson, Isa Phoi, said it would be improper for him to comment before meeting his legislature and chief.