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BNFYL president shocked at 'ouster'

The president of the Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) Tona Mooketsi has expressed shock at learning that his deputy Tona Selala is acting president of the league through the media.
By Staff Writer Tue 21 Apr 2015, 21:00 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: BNFYL president shocked at 'ouster'








The Kgatleng District Council (KDC) chairman told Mmegi, "we have never agreed that he should act".  Selala reportedly announced at a recent press conference that former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema and South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, will be guests at the youth league congress scheduled for May.

Mooketsi has distanced himself from the invitation of Malema and Mbalula. He argued that Malema is no longer a member of the ANC.  He said that Selala should have directly invited the ANC, not the duo. "The party comes first, then individuals," he said.  He said inviting the duo is unethical, unprincipled and immature.He revealed that he only delegated Selala to announce resolutions taken by the central committee at a past media briefing. He said Arafat Khan, BNFYL  secretary general, was delegated to work on contacts of fraternal friends to be invited to the congress. He said he was shocked to find a lobby list comprising of Khan and Selala for the next congress where they allocated themselves positions "we never agreed upon".

He said constituencies must lobby for people to stand, which he said is in line with the party constitution as well as that of the BNFYL. He cried that he is never consulted and "it is time for him to act".  Mooketsi said he has informed the BNFYL committee that he will not be contesting the presidency in the next youth league elections. "I am the BNFYL president until after the May congress," he explained.

For his part, Selala said party activities cannot come to a standstill only because Mooketsi does not avail himself. He stated that he only acted during a press conference in January, adding that the party executive had decided that he should act.  "I am not the acting BNFYL president now. I only acted once last month and Mooketsi knew about it," he said. Khan said Tona's accusations are baseless, unfounded and very malicious.  "It is very unfortunate that our outgoing president prefers to run in supersonic speed to the media to spew his grievances without following the party's laid down procedures," fumed Khan. He said they are focusing on the upcoming youth elections and will "ignore Mooketsi's petty stories", which he said are meant to derail the youth league.  He said they agreed on Tuesday to convene a BNFYL central committee meeting next Wednesday "so that Mooketsi can raise his complaints and grievances".  "I am really disappointed with Mooketsi's behaviour and we don't expect such from a central committee member and a council chairman. It is anti-BNF to run to the media to portray the BNF in a bad light. We seriously don't want this negative publicity. I am disappointed I must say," he said.

Further, Khan said the BNFYL has not resolved on guests to invite to officiate at the congress. He said they are still communicating with their allies, the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCL), ANCYL and the ZANU PF Youth League, to attend the congress and give solidarity messages.



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