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10 000 projected for AP launch

Publishing Date : 30 October, 2017


The Alliance for Progressives is officially launching today and the interim secretary general Dr Phenyo Butale had told this publication by Friday that they were expecting a crowd of close to 10 000 at the launch venue. He promised surprises at the launch indicating that they have iconic backers among their many supporters.

Dr Butale said AP has already started preparing for 2019 and only time will tell if they will be going alone or they will be working with some of the opposition parties. “But I must make it clear that we will not under any circumstance work with the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD),” he said.

He said they could be a new party but they have a recognizable base of membership because of the circumstances that led to the formation of AP. He said the launch will demonstrate that they have a big number of former regional chairpersons of the BMD and their committee members. He further indicated that the first 1000 membership numbers have been taken and more people are still applying for the party membership.

He projected that by next year they intend to have about 100 000 registered members, “as you may be aware we already have members we just have to formalized their status,” he said. He gave the example that out of 35 councillors who were elected under the BMD of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), only four remained and the rest have joined AP.

Dr Butale stated that there is confusion in Tlokweng because “about two councilors feel that the constituency is a Botswana National Front (BNF) stronghold.” He further indicated that they have new members who have joined them from all political parties including some from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). AP has since been joined by former BNF Youth League President, Richard Khumoekae among others.

Speaking to the launch, Dr Butale said they were struggling to contain interest because the 10 buses they have sent out to bring members from across the country to the launch are not adequate. He said they have also invited all opposition parties to the launch except the BMD, “we are also expecting international media.” The 2014 opposition parties conveners and representatives of the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) will all be present at the launch of AP, Dr Butale said.



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