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Guma Moyo rejected Cabinet

Publishing Date : 21 February, 2018

Author : AUBREY LUTE

Guma Moyo rejected Cabinet


Tati East Member of Parliament, Samson Guma Moyo is reported to have declined Cabinet appointment this week. Moyo is one of the returning and experienced Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) legislators after the 2014 general elections that saw the party retaining power albeit with a reduced majority in Parliament.


Moyo who once served in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as a junior Minister was expected to be named in the new Cabinet. He was one of the few ruling party candidates who were launched by President Lt Gen Ian Khama in the 2014 election campaign.


The legislator unceremoniously resigned from his position as BDP chairman after accusations came flying thick and fast to the effect that he orchestrated the fall of high profile Cabinet ministers during the ruling party’s primary elections. In response to the accusations, Guma Moyo wrote a letter to President Khama resigning his post ‘in the interest of the party’.


It is understood that in declining the cabinet appointment, Guma Moyo made it clear that he wants to focus on some of his private affairs especially in the business arena. He is a known business person and his ambitions sprung outside the borders of Botswana.


Contacted for comment Guma Moyo could not comment on the subject. “Some of the issues I will rather not make a comment,” he said.


President Khama praised Guma Moyo’s decision to resign from chairmanship describing it as selfless and exemplary. He agreed that the Member of Parliament elevated the interest of the party ahead of his. Guma Moyo was subsequently replaced by the former Vice President, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe.


Some have touted Guma Moyo’s omission from cabinet as a positive indication that he could be the country’s next Vice President, but all pointers demonstrate that this assumption is far-fetched. This publication learns that he was invited to Cabinet but he declined.

 

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