BNF internal fights escalate

BNF members locked outside the office PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
BNF members locked outside the office PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

All is not well at the Botswana National Front (BNF) as internal fights amongst other issues bedevilling the party have escalated to another level.

Historically, BNF has not had peace within itself due to many debates among its members. Monickered 'Puo-Phaa' in vernacular, the BNF problems usually arise in either the central committee, the Women’s League, or the Youth League when the party prepares for congresses. Just last week Thursday night, some members allegedly locked others inside the party's office as they suspected they had gone to register youth delegates whilst the date for delegations had closed. The commotion arose ahead of the BNF Youth League elections coming up over the weekend at Letlhakeng village.

Currently, the members who are campaigning for the youth league positions have divided themselves among two candidates for the presidency, the incumbent president Duma Boko and his rival in the presidential race, aspirant candidate Baathodi Molatlhegi. The Youth League plays a major role in the mother body elections as electees become delegates by being in the Youth League positions. A statement issued by Molatlhegi reads: “It is now public knowledge that some people with a vested interest in the coming elections of both the BNF Youth League and central committee, in connivance with employees of the BNF, have been undertaking illegal nocturnal activities at the party office. The latest incident was in the early hours of April 22 on Friday when this clandestine group was caught red-handed having locked itself inside the party office.

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