Botswana: Majaga Awaits Fate Over Suspension

The suspension of the Member of Parliament for Nata/Gweta Paulson Majaga from Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) for 60 days is about to elapse and the party is allegedly caught in a political dilemma.

The party promised to conduct investigations and/or carry out disciplinary proceedings in light of the serious charges laid against Majaga but nothing has been done. Majaga was suspended from the BDP after he was charged with defiling and impregnating a 16-year-old schoolgirl from Malelejwe cattle post. He is currently out on bail and appeared for mentioning last week in Nata.

In an interview BDP Secretary General Mpho Balopi said that the fate of Nata/Gweta MP will be in the hands of the party president who has the powers to make decision after the elapsing of the suspension. "Initially we thought by now the case would have been concluded but is still on going and we have to respect the law and Honorable Majaga is still innocent until proven guilty by the courts of law. The party president will make a pronouncement" he said.

Balopi denied allegations that some within the Central Committee wanted Majaga to be expelled from the party indicating that Majaga is still innocent and they are going to respect the rule of law.

In an interview with this publication, Majaga said that he is still awaiting the correspondence from the party regarding his suspension. "I will adhere with the conditions of suspension and await my fate from the party leadership," he said.

Asked if he has any intentions of resigning from the party, Majaga denied the claims, indicating that he has no intention of joining any party. "I have no intention of jumping ship but I am aware that one of the losers in the BDP primaries has been recruited by one of the opposition parties to position himself should I step down," he said with been economical with information.

During the BDP primaries in 2018 Majaga brushed aside challenge from Gadibolae Nlashwa, Lawrence Ookeditse, Oliphant Mfa, Ryner Makosha and Mbanga Mbanga.

He maintained that the defilement allegations against him is a witch hunt by those who deeply loathe him and want to end his political career.

This is not the first time Majaga found himself on the wrong side of the law, as before the elections he was dragged before the courts of the law on charges of stock theft.

The case dated back to 2006 and he reads malice on the charges as it was brought before the courts 13 years later.

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