Sparks continue to fly as the election date for Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) draws closer.
Last week it was the closing date for submission of names for candidates, but one of the contestants has been told he has no voting rights. Ryushin-Kan chief instructor, Keorapetse Dube said he had submitted his name to contest as a president.
The style has also submitted the name of Moses Tubego to challenge for secretary-general position. However, BOKA has written a letter to Ryushin-Kan informing them that they have been granted provincial membership status, which means they cannot be part of the elections.
The letter was written on July 16, 2020. “The membership is granted for a period of 12 months. The provisional members do not have voting rights during general meetings,” the letter reads in part.
Dube said if BOKA maintains he is not eligible to contest for elections, he wonders which position are they responding to, either as executive or opponents. “If it is the executive, they should respond to my letter because I wrote them a letter. I would then act on their response.
So far they have not responded and I would not put them under pressure. But after receiving the response, my legal team would act on it,” he said. Through a letter, Ryushin-Kan requested that responses from BOKA should be made in writing so that they could advise themselves on the way forward.
The letter further said BOKA refused the request to provide a written response. Dube said if one wants to contest for elections and their opponents bar them from contesting, they go to court. “We want free elections and according to the constitution. Only eligible affiliates are allowed to stand for