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Motorsport postpones AGM to avoid ‘chaos’

KABELO BORANABI
Riding into challenges: Motorsport has been forced to postpone its AGM PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The Botswana Motor Sport has postponed its annual general meeting (AGM) that was scheduled for this weekend to avoid a chaotic gathering.

There is trouble within the association, sparked by the resignation of three senior committee members late last month.

The trio of vice president, Roseline Mamaloukos, treasurer Alida Steytler and Joseph Khengere who served as a public relations officer, left their positions in August, accusing their counterparts of abuse of office.  The meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday), was expected to produce fireworks as disgruntled members were said to be gunning for the president’s head with a motion of no confidence on the horizon while a financial report was also a major factor.

One of the burning issues was to amend the association’s constitution that gives the president a four-year term while other members get just a year in office.

Speaking to Mmegi Sport, BMS president Kagiso Modibedi said he met the clubs’ leadership on Wednesday and resolved to postpone the AGM in order to deal with issues outside the meeting to avoid a public contest.

He said the midweek gathering also moved to appoint a Botswana Institute Of Chartered Accountants (BICA) accredited treasurer to comply with the Botswana National Sport Commission’s (BNSC) regulations, which was not the case with the former office bearer.

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“It was discussed at our chairperson’s meeting yesterday (Wednesday) to delay our AGM, a date is yet to be finalised. We all agreed that all the issues that pose a threat to the federation be dealt with outside the AGM,” Modibedi said.

“The club chairpersons unanimously agreed to appoint a new treasurer who is BICA accredited. This has always been a major factor for issues of compliance with BNSC. Our past treasurer was not BICA accredited. We would like (to) once again assure the public that motorsport has the right leadership, through its club chairs, to resolve all its internal issues. I can say we are on the right track.”

BMS has a long history of internal squabbles that date back a decade. The association faces a defamation of character lawsuit from former president, Simon Modisaeman.  He is counter-suing the association after he was brought to the courts of law in a separate matter on misappropriation of funds.

A sum amounting to P546,000 was reportedly withdrawn from the association’s account without authority during his tenure. The matter is one of the issues the AGM is set to address.



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