BPP postpones conference


FRANCISTOWN: Francistown West Member of Parliament Ignatius Moswaane’s bid to become Botswana People’s Party (BPP) president has been put to halt at least for now.

This comes after the party postponed its conference where it was supposed to elect new leadership. It was widely anticipated that the party will host its national delegates conference to elect a new National Executive Committee (NEC) later next month. However, the party has since decided not to hold the conference in July citing various factors. Moswaane was widely tipped to win the BPP presidency. He has been strongly campaigning and building party structures in a bid to position himself for victory. This week, BPP deputy secretary-general, Tiroyaone Ntsima told Mmegi that the party’s Central Committee (CC) resolved that the national delegate conference be held in July because the party does not have properly sanctioned structures.

“The party CC met in Palapye on Saturday. One of the agenda items was to determine whether the party should go for a national delegates conference or not. Our ancillary structures were found lacking (and) that is why a proposal to go for the congress could not be endorsed,” said Ntsima. Ntsima added, “The CC resolved that our structures should first go for elections first. By the end of July all ancillary structures of the party branches, constituencies, youth, and women’s wing would have conducted their respective elections.” Ntsima also said the date or the decision to hold the national delegates conference will only be made after July. There are suggestions that the recent decision to postpone the national delegates conference is a strategy to ensure that Moswaane does not ascend to the BPP presidency. Some in the BPP perceive Moswaane as a conflict-ridden figure who cannot lead the party. Already, there are those who have started selling the narrative that incumbent president Motlatsi Molapise should remain president until after the 2024 General Election.

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