Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) will this weekend hold its last primary elections which, by all accounts, promise to be fiercely contested.
Although in some constituencies such as Goodhope/Mabule and Maun West, a compromise deal has been agreed upon to pave way for one candidate, majority of the areas will be heading for the primaries.
The Voice Staffer, Daniel Chida looks at the top five constituencies where the incumbents are likely to lose their parliamentary seats.
Selebi-Phikwe East- Nonofo Molefhi vs Lemogang Mojuta:
The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Molefhi is facing a serious challenge from the former Selibi- Phikwe Town Mayor, Mojuta.
Information gathered by this publication has indicated that most of the councillors who were aligned to Molefhi have shifted their alligience to his rival whilst some have decided not to contest.
According to a source, Molefhi’s chances of coming back are very limited and he tops the list of those at risk.
The source also added that, Mojuta, who is specially elected, has managed to make inroads into the opposition parties recruiting members whilst Molefhi was busy with the ministerial duties.
Serowe North West- Tshekedi Khama vs Keletso Rakhudu and Moemedi Dijeng
Having won elections whilst his brother, Ian Khama was still the President, Tshekedi Khama’s road to 2019 elections will not be an easy one.
The Minister of Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism is facing a stiff competition from businessman and Director of Daisy Loo Company, Dijeng and former Assistant Minister of Education, Rakhudu.
Rakhudu was also once a Member of Parliament for Gaborone North.
With allegations that Tshekedi has not been visible in his area like other MPs, his chances of coming back are very slim.
There are also unconfirmed reports of President Mokgweetsi Masisi wanting to get rid of all the Khamas.
Mmadinare- Kefentse Mzwinila vs Molebatsi Molebatsi:
The Minister of land Management Water and Sanitation Services, Mzwinila is likely to have his stay in parliament cut short by newcomer, Molebatsi.
Although Molebatsi lost his battle for the party’s Deputy Treasurer position to Jagdish Shah during the Tonota congress, he has remained a favourite in his area and is considered one of those who may cause a major upset by defeating a minister.
Bobonong- Shaw Kgathi vs Francisco Kgoboko
The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Kgathi’s days as an MP may be numbered if information coming from Bobonong is anything to go by.
Reports are that, Chief Executive Officer of FMK Global Holdings and An Industrial, Medical, Food and Beverages Gas Plants Consultant, Kgoboko will give Kgathi a run for his money as he has made in roads with his campaign in the constituency.
According to a source, Kgathi has party structures on his side while Kgoboko has the backing of sitting councillors.
Ngami- Thato Kwerepe vs Jacob Nkate:
The former Botswana ambassador to Japan and BDP veteran, Nkate is back in the political arena and this time around he is likely to cause a major upset by dethroning the Assistant Minister of Basic Education.
Although pundits say this is likely to be a tight encounter as Kwerepe has the support of the party leadership, information from Tsholetsa house is that if Kwerepe does not intensify his campaign in the few remaining days, Nkate is likely to emerge the winner.