I want to bring hope back to Palapye – Motswaledi

Gape Motswaledi. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Gape Motswaledi. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) parliamentary candidate for Palapye, Gape Motswaledi, says he took a decision to stand for political office in order to bring hope back to the constituency.

He told members of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) during his launch on Saturday in Palapye. The constituency is currently held by BCP’s expelled Member of Parliament (MP) Onneetse Ramogapi, who is now with the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). Motswaledi, who is a brother to the late Gomolemo Motswaledi, won the primaries last year and is now convinced that he is the solution to the village’s challenges. “Palapye constituents have lost hope. I want the reinstatement of hope in Palapye. There was a time when we had high hopes for Palapye, but when I look at the number of unemployed people here, I lose that hope,” he said. “Palapye used to have high performing schools, but that is no more. Hope has disappeared in Palapye, and it saddens me.” He highlighted that Palapye should wake up because there is still hope in the constituency.

Motswaledi added that there is a need for Elderly Villages in Palapye so that the elderly could be taken care of. He indicated that it is ironic that so many Batswana are relocating to the United Kingdom to work in elderly homes only for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) led government to deny the latter a chance to do the same in Botswana. “If you vote for us, at least we will have one elderly home in Palapye,” he said. Born on January 10, 1975, in Mahalapye, Motswaledi did his entire basic education in Serowe at Makolojwane Primary School, Metsimasweu CJSS, and Swaneng Hill School. Upon completion of his Cambridge in Swaneng, he was posted to the community of the Tubu Settlement in Ngamiland where he did his National Service which was popularly known as Tirelo Sechaba (TS or National Service). It was in Tubu that his love for teaching was ignited as he got to interact closely with young people as a teacher. After TS, he enrolled for a Bachelor's programme at the University of Botswana where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Immediately after graduation, Motswaledi began his teaching career and proceeded to serve at several schools across the country. In 2014, Motswaledi quit the public service and settled in his second home, Palapye.

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