BNF members plead for Kgosipula pardon

Kgosipula PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Kgosipula PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Some members of the Botswana National Front (BNF) central committee (CC) have requested the party president, Duma Boko to forgive the suspended party elder, Mokgweetsi Kgosipula for 'misbehaving'. The plea comes after the BNF CC met over the weekend in Mahalapye to discuss a number of issues that the party is currently facing.

Former Mogoditshane Member of Parliament, Kgosipula was last month suspended by his constituency for allegedly tarnishing the image of the party. Insiders say the CC agreed that if Kgosipula continues with his misbehaviour then the party president should immediately take action against him. “Members of CC are concerned with the behaviour of some party members who are soiling the party’s good name for reasons best known to them. There was no evidence brought before the CC that indeed some members were trying to rig elections or trying to make new membership cards. It is now clear that some members are being used by our enemies to tarnish the image of the party. If they do not desist from their behaviour, then they will be expelled. It is up to the party president if he forgives them or not because they failed to produce evidence to support their action. Again, the BNF has a proper procedure on how members should behave or act if aggrieved by certain things,” the insider says. It is also said the CC agreed that the constituencies have the power to suspend as per the constitution and only their committee or congress could overrule that.

It is also said the CC agreed that the party president or any party structure should not be hesitant to take action against members who tarnish the good name of the party in the media or social media without the party’s authority. Kgosipula is one of the campaign managers for presidential hopeful, Baatlhodi Molatlhegi. Both Molatlhegi and incumbent party president, Boko, will be contesting for the party presidency. Kgosipula was last week suspended by his constituency for allegedly speaking to the media without authorisation.

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