The three Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) council candidates are Arafat Khan of Borakalalo ward in Molepolole North, Phenyo Segokgo of Sefoke ward in Tlokweng and Kagiso Thutlwe of Village ward in Gaborone. They did not see the losses coming and the defeat was unexpected for many of their followers. The three Young Turks are also newsmakers.
They first stepped in council chambers during the 2014 general elections when the UDC contested general elections for the first time. Segokgo and Thutlwe were elected Gaborone mayor and South East South District Council chairperson respectively. Khan on the other hand became a force reckon with at Borakalalo ward in Molepolole North.
If there was a prize for the most hardworking councillor, Khan could have easily won it consecutively. If he was not donating computers to Borakalalo Primary School, he was securing sponsorship for prizegiving ceremonies. Typical of Khan, controversy followed him.
A week before general elections he was arrested by the notorious Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) for alleged possession of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) information regarding elections. When his attorneys were busy drafting an urgent application for his release, the DIS let him go.
It is not clear if he is off the hook or whether his arrest was politically motivated by the meddlesome spy agency.
Yesterday his cousin Shabir Kablay of the Botswana Democratic party (BDP) humbled