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Rugby body faces de-registration

CALISTUS KOLANTSHO
Rugby faces suspension over failure to hold an AGM
The Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) is skating on thin ice after failing to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in nearly two years.The union stands to be scrapped off by the Registrar of Societies.

According to the BRU constitution, an AGM must be held every February, but that has not happened since 2016.

Despite the challenge, BRU president, Lesedi Keekae downplayed the situation, saying they are aware of their statutory obligations and that is why they issued a first notice in line with the rules and regulations. Keekae said they cannot side step the law and protocol as it would not be in their best interest.

“We have never failed to convene an AGM and we do not intend to do that. Even if it means holding it on Christmas day,” he said.Keekae said they are still closing accounts for outstanding issues for management response then they would convene.  He said scheduling is also a challenge as most of their affiliates are not easy to reach.He said they do not want to convene a meeting that would fail and cost them due to non-attendance like last year’s Ordinary General Meeting (OGM).

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Cheetahs chairperson, Oupa Pandor urged the BRU to convene the AGM, which is the major platform to discuss progress, or lack of, in the sport.

“We should meet and discuss our achievements, challenges and map the way forward,” Pandor said.

He said if there are challenges, clubs must be informed so that they assist where possible. Pandor admitted that something is not going well hence the decline in general performances. 

He said it was high time they instilled the pride of rugby.  He said there were leadership changes when former president, Dave Gilbert resigned, which impacted on the way the sport was run. 

Meanwhile, BRU secretary general, Ernest Mantsi said there are some issues that are being ironed out and it was not possible to convene an AGM before they are dealt with.  However, he could not reveal the nature of issues that they are dealing with. He said they are hopeful that the meeting would be held before end of the year.



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