AP and others have been after him
Botswana Federation of Public, Private and Parastatals Sectors Unions’ (BOFEPUSU) Secretary General Tobokani Rari has reportedly broken ranks with the Alliance for the Progressives (AP).
The veteran trade unionist, who is also the Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) Secretary General, has chickened out of a deal to represent AP in Francistown East constituency.
According to sources, Rari had agreed in principle to be AP’s candidate in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections expected to be held in October next year.
Contacted for a comment, Rari confirmed that he has been engaged in informal discussions with different leaders of different political organisations in relation to possibly representing them in different constituencies.
“There are some who wanted me to stand in Gaborone while others sold an idea for me to consider standing in Francistown. Some were giving me an option to consider my home village thus Marapong in the Shashe West constituency,” confirmed Rari.
However, Rari said, there were no formal discussions with any political party. Rari said he is not yet ready to run for a political office because he feels he is still needed to perform trade unionism duties alongside his associates.
Rari added: “I and my colleagues are still doing trade unionism. I am currently where I am because of the trade union members. (It is against this backdrop) the unionists still need to be served.”
According to Rari, he will only consider running for a political office at parliamentary level in the 2024 general elections. “I will consider the party at the right time not now; AP included,” said the teacher by profession.
AP vice president and Francistown South MP, Wynter Mmolotsi said there was never an agreement between the country’s new kid on the political bloc and Rari to represent it in the Francistown East.
“AP is and has always been in discussions with different stakeholders including BOFEPUSU. And we are open for discussion with churches, trade unions and other organisations. But there was never an agreement between AP and Rari,” he said.
Mmolotsi said AP will always remain open to all stakeholders including the trade unions to work with them for the benefit of the progressive citizens of this country.