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Modongo Continues To Haunt BAFS

CALISTUS KOLANTSHO
Fencers in action
The ghost of former president, Gaolatwe Modongo continues to haunt Botswana Amateur Fencing Society (BAFS). This came to the fore during the club’s annual general meeting that was held yesterday at the President Hotel.

BAFS president, Mandla Masuku told the meeting that Modongo keeps threatening the society with lawsuits. He said such interferences make them uneasy and that they are a drawback. However, Masuku said with a strong team he has, they have come up with a strategic plan.
“As your leaders we would not like to say much when you do not see our work,” he said. Masuku said they have had resignations lately from the society.  He said not
all resignations are bad. Committee members who jumped ship were Thato Gleeson (public relations officer), Maatla Basha (vice president),
Gosego Nkwe (treasurer) and Koketso Masena.  Bashi Lechaena, who was an additional member, was fired.

“Some resignations are good like that of Masena.  In all honesty, what I can consider a loss is that of Masena.  He was a star performer and he wanted to concentrate as an athlete.  We were not rocked by
resignations,” he said. Masuku said they co-opted some members into the committee and they now have a strong team. The members who were brought into the executive committee are Ewetse Khama (PRO), Philani Mazibuko (vice president),
Girlie Ketsile (treasurer) and Tumo Molelekwa (additional member).
The vice president, Mazibuko said the strategic

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plan is going to a working document.  He said it is not something that they would throw
into the shelves.

“BAFS is planning for higher levels of performance and achievements, both nationally and internationally,” he said.
Clubs who attended the meeting were Legae, University of Botswana and Tlokweng and Thobega Fencing Academy.
One of the affiliates from Tlokweng Fencing Club complained about the
decline of the number of clubs.

He said the previous meeting they had more clubs. The clubs who did not attend the meeting are Serowe, Mogoditshane, Metsimasweu, Boipelego, Westwood and Sir Seretse Khama.

The meeting was informed that Serowe decided to align with the former president and ignore the current committee.
The technical director, Sam Chape said they do not have equipment to assist Sir Seretse Khama.

“To be honest I did not do a follow up. We are yet to visit Serowe and see how we can assist,” he said.
Meanwhile BAFS spokesperson, Khama told Sport Monitor that they had invited all the clubs for the meeting.   He said it is unfortunate that they did not heed the call. Khama said they want to bring all affiliates onboard for the sake of growth of fencing in the country.



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