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Ramsden keeps AP guessing

Former Minister of Transport and Communications, Frank Ramsden is keeping the newly formed Alliance for Progressives guessing over his political future. Indications are that there is a possibility that he could be joining them soon.

Ramsden, according to sources could have been among multitudes which the party unveiled last weekend at the party’s North West region launch in Maun. However sources reveal that Ramsden left AP hanging as he was unsure whether to join them. The negotiations though are reportedly still ongoing and the party will not pressurize him, a source pointed out.

The party’s deputy Secretary General, Moalosi Sebati could not reveal the names of big wigs the party has recruited though sources maintain that Ramsden who has been in the political wilderness is highly likely to resurface at AP. “I can’t reveal who we have managed to bring on board but we have been in a massive recruitment drive. Some of our captives are politicians, former politicians and other opinion leaders,” said Sebati.

Ramsden who was kicked out of the cabinet in 2011 by President Ian Khama, and a former Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) stalwart and Kubung/Kgosing ward councillor, Galaletsang Mhapha were expected to be displayed last weekend at the party’s launch in Maun as some of the big fish. “We have been going around doing some mobile recruitment, the national organizing secretary has been pushing that and the results have been promising.  This is to show that the party is not only a Gaborone thing but rather a Botswana party.”

Nonetheless it is said; Ramsden will not take any senior position in the party but will be an ordinary member. “Maybe as an advisor or something but he is not expected to take any influential post. He is an experienced politician and his presence would be a big catch for the party which is still at an infant stage,” said a source.

Another promising possible recruit, Mhapha on the other hand has somersaulted and is reported to have joined the Botswana Congress Party (BCP). It is said he is likely to be BCP’s candidate in the Maun West constituency. Mhapha, has been without a political home since the BMD debacle in Bobonong.

AP leadership, including Chairman Pius Mokgware and the Secretary General, Dr Phenyo Butale held an in-house meeting with members before the launch. Details were sketchy as to what was discussed except the fact that members were encouraged to recruit more members.
The Batawana chief, Kgosi Tawana Moremi who has categorically declared that he is non-partisan and would not take part in politics lived up to his word as he was expected to be among the influential figures at the event.”

The party leadership including Ndaba Gaolathe, Wynter Mmolotsi, and Margret Nasha also graced the launch. The Maun launch was to consolidate the party leadership ambitions of winning the Maun West constituency in 2019. The constituency is currently held by independent Member of Parliament, Kgosi Tawana. The AP deputy secretary general, Sebati is expected to represent the party in Maun West at the 2019 polls. He is said to be enjoying backing from the incumbent and Kgosi which could simplify things for him under the prevailing circumstances. 

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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