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Ramsden keeps AP guessing

Publishing Date : 25 December, 2017


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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