The secretary general of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has resigned from the party amid reports he is retracing his steps back to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
In a letter dated 23 April, Rammidi states “This letter serves to inform you that I’m resigning my membership from the Party with immediate effect.”
For his part, BCP President Dumelang Saleshando states in a letter dated 23 April that “I wish to inform members of the BCP as well as the general public that Kentse Rammidi has resigned from the BCP.”
According to Saleshando, “Rammidi handed over his resignation letter this morning in a meeting that I held with him. He has explained that the resignation is purely for personal reasons and not motivated by any developments within the BCP.”
Rammidi joined the BCP in May 2012 and was BCP candidate for the Kanye North constituency in 2014 general elections. In 2015 he was elected to the position of BCP secretary general. “During the period when he was a member of the party he assisted to promote the values and vision of BCP, a contribution we shall forever value,” said Saleshando.
On Monday no immediate comment from Rammidi was available as his mobile phone was off.
Speaking at a BDP rally recently, Masisi who holds a steering wheel in the recruitment drive said his party has intensified its recruitment drive. Rammdi is expected to be welcomed into the BDP Tuesday at a press conference by Masisi.
Rammidi’s departure from the BCP will raise fears that the party is entering a new face of membership exodus following the last wave that saw BCP lose multitudes of leading activists to the BDP.
That exodus was only stemmed when BCP joined the Umbrella for Democratic Cahnge.
But BCP stay at UDC has been a painful experience and already some of the party members are saying the party should leave.