BPF’s failed peace deal

BPF patron Ian Khama with party president Bikkie Butale PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG
BPF patron Ian Khama with party president Bikkie Butale PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG

Former president Ian Khama and the suspended Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) president, Biggie Butale are far from kissing and making up.

Butale has cited Khama in an urgent application before the High Court seeking to overturn his suspension. This comes shortly after Khama hinted at a BPF rally that he does not get along with Butale because he has taken him to court in the past. Butale has cited Khama, who is the sixth respondent in the matter, in his capacity as the BPF patron.

In the application, Butale says he also cited Khama because the latter is “part of the cohort causing instability within the BPF”. Butale also wants an order declaring that members of the NEC’s conduct in holding of the June 5 meeting without his involvement is contrary to the BPF constitution at article 20.6.1 and further contemptuous of an order of the court issued on April 26, 2023. Speaking of the High Court order, in April Butale had to run to court where he successfully defended his presidential position.

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