Mogae blasts Venson-Moitoi for challenging Masisi for presidency

APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

Former Botswana leader Festus Mogae has castigated ex-local government minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi for challenging President Mokgweetsi Masisi for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidency.

Mogae was quoted by the state-run The Voice newspaper on Thursday as saying that he was “totally flabbergasted and surprised” by Venson Moitoi’s action.

“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 hardworking person,” Mogae said.

Venson-Moitoi, who has since been dropped by Masisi from cabinet, has announced that she would challenge her former boss at the BDP elective congress scheduled for the end of March.

Traditionally, the president of the BDP is never challenged.


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