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BNF to expel members?

Staff Writer
FRANCISTOWN: Botswana National Front (BNF) is reportedly planning to suspend and expel more than 50 members for supporting an independent candidate during Thamaga West ward by-election. The members are waiting to know their fate following a disciplinary hearing at the weekend.

BNF sources have revealed that a number of activists from Gaborone, Molepolole, Kanye, Lobatse and Thamaga have received letters from the party leadership asking them to show cause why they should not be suspended or expelled from the party.

The BNF members landed in trouble after allegedly backing independent candidate Tona Selala during Thamaga West council by-election in January. Selala was suspended from the BNF after winning the party primaries for the by-election. He stood as an independent and lost to Botswana Democratic Party's Goitseone Janie by 358 votes to 283.

Meanwhile former BNF Youth League deputy secretary general, Duncan Basenyapelo has said he snubbed summons to appear for a disciplinary hearing on Sunday. "On April 14, I received a letter informing me to appear before the Central Committee to show cause why I should not be expelled from the BNF," said Basenyapelo. The former youth leader suspected that he

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was summoned to appear before the committee because he had earlier tendered a resignation letter to the BNF Youth League and withdrawn his candidature to contest the Government Ward in Gaborone Central constituency. He took the decision while serving a six-month suspension that ended last month. "I couldn't campaign or work while serving suspension. I knew the Central Committee's intention was to prolong my suspension," he said.

The BNF secretary general Mokgweetsi Kgosipula signed the letter inviting Basenyapelo to a disciplinary hearing. But Basenyapelo said he does not recognise Kgosipula as the party secretary general. "I don't know any person by that name. I'm still questioning myself as to who this Kgosipula is?". BNF publicity secretary Moeti Mohwasa did not want to comment on the outcome of the disciplinary hearings. "There is nothing to share with the public at the moment. It is an internal process," said Mohwasa.



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