The date is yet uncertain. But there is no uncertainty about the date of Botswana congress Party president, Gil Saleshando’s date with romance at the behest of the starry eyed educationist and human rights activist, Lydia Nyathi-Ramahobo.
From their home-in-waiting at Selebi Phikwe, the Romeo of Botswana opposition politics confirmed to Sunday standard that there is no turning back on the traditional vows he made to his professorial future partner.
The dye is cast. They will, at a time to be determined, sign at the nearest district commissioner’s office, preferably in Maun from where the couple originates.
“I can confirm that we will be getting married. While no date has been set, the process has already started,” he said.
Gil Saleshando revealed that all the necessary cultural arrangements were completed in Maun.
He said they plan to solemnise their relationship at the district commissioner’s office at a date to be set. The two love birds originate from Maun.
Saleshando (67) is the presidential candidate for the BAM-BCP alliance in the October general election.
Nyathi-Ramahobo (51 or thereabouts) currently serves as the University of Botswana deputy vice-chancellor for student affairs. She is also a founding member of Kamanakao, a cultural organisation that fights for the rights of Wayei.
Saleshando is also contesting in the Selebi Phikwe West parliamentary constituency.
A former Member of Parliament, Saleshando is father to Gaborone Central MP, Dumelang Saleshando. They bring eight children into the marriage.
The elder Saleshando is a former district commissioner and central committee member of the Botswana National Front.
Ramahobo is a founder and senior member of the RETENG, the cultural coalition of Botswana.