BMWU cagey on leadership contenders

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) is heading for an elective congress but would not reveal contenders for the national executive committee positions.

The union’s general secretary Bob Malele told Mmegi yesterday the union could not say who has submitted their names for the national office as it could be viewed as interfering and disadvantaging others who may still decide to stand. He said in the past, contenders did not have to apply ahead of the congress but were instead nominated from the floor.

“Our constitution is unclear on our electoral process but it allows us to waiver the process when there is need. We have since engaged the University of Botswana’s Democracy Research Council to look into the issue to close any loopholes so that elections become free and fair. We want to emerge out of the congress more united than ever,” he said. 

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