Connect with us

News

Rammidi spoils UDC victory bash

Published

on

BY PETER MADIYA The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) victory celebrations after walloping Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in a by-election in Mochudi East this past weekend were abruptly cut short when Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Secretary General Kentse ‘Nchi’ Rammidi quit opposition ranks for the ruling party this week. Hardly 24 hours after the Mochudi East results were announced on Sunday, Rammidi on Monday dropped a bombshell, handing in his resignation before being welcomed by BDP President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Tuesday. BCP is a key partner in the UDC as their president Dumelang Saleshando also doubles as the Vice President of the Umbrella coalition. UDC Secretary General, Moeti Mohwasa declined to comment on the impact of Rammidi’s sudden resignation from a coalition partner, saying the man did not hold any important position in the UDC but at BCP.

“At this present moment, we cannot comment but BCP can since he was their member,” Mohwasa said. BCP president, Saleshando confirmed Rammidi’s resignation saying the latter only cited personal reasons as opposed to any wrongdoing on the side of his party. Immediately after he was welcomed at the BDP, there was talk of Rammidi having had financial problems assumed to have led to him seeking possible assistance from either the ruling party itself, or from a moneyed member of the ruling party who might have offered help only if the politician returned to the party. Social media posts yesterday suggested with ‘In the matter between’ cuttings that he was owing the National Development Bank (NDB) and his land was thus being auctioned away to recover the money.

The narrative thus pointed to him going cap in hand to the party that made him, moreso that in the opposition, no one seemed to care about his personal predicament. Rammidi is also believed to have lost patience with the leadership of the UDC that failed to allow for fair selection and election of candidates to represent the coalition. Rammidi has several times expressed sentiments seeking that primary elections be held by the UDC, a matter the party did not entertain. That way, Rammidi was left with a situation where he would have no parliamentary seat to contest for since his Kanye North constituency he represented as BCP candidate in 2014, was given to the BNF.

Nchi as he is affectionately known by his hordes of supporters debuted his political career at BDP in the Southern District where he once held the position of Chairperson for two terms before successfully trying his luck as Member of Parliament. He would later land himself an assistant ministerial position in the ministry of local government and lands in 2011. Rammidi was not only a Secretary General at BCP but a very important figure within the UDC who is well experienced as a politician, having earned his stripes through hard work and devotion to the struggle of political movements. When he joined BCP as their Secretary General, he had made it clear that if the party did not match his ambition for growth and win-win partnerships, he would not take long to make his mind to quit. Those close to him say a divided opposition does not make sense at all for him since it cannot topple the ruling party from power in the 2019 general elections.

He wanted the UDC member parties to disband and a form just one solid party where positions would be contested for. His desire to be a future leader of a party whilst at BDP was shown when he chose to resign as assistant minister to run for the position of Secretary General. Barely a month after being elected as Secretary General he resigned from BDP accusing former president Ian Khama of running the party like a one-man show following the 2011 industrial strike which left a good number of public servants jobless. He joined the BNF, but before long defected to the BCP. His sudden departure comes at a time when some disgruntled members of the UDC want the recent constitutional congress resolutions resolved as quickly as possible. He was welcomed to the BDP along with hordes of other BCP members, among them Phagenyane Phage, Councilor Elijah Motsamai, Ernest Nthobelang and University of Botswana academic Professor Thapelo Otlogetswe.

 

Continue Reading
Comments

News

BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

Published

on

Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

Continue Reading

News

G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

Published

on

Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

Continue Reading

Trending