Butale’s losses pile up


“In the applicant, the honourable court is dealing with a man in denial that he is expelled from the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF), a man with insatiable appetite for cyclic litigation, a man with deep pockets to finance his unmeritorious litigation, whose source of his recent ‘wealth’ remains unknown and who is prepared to abuse court process for his own personal gratification and for the amusement of his political handlers and negligible following,” BPF attorney Kago Mokotedi said this in court before Justice Boipuso Makhwe of the Lobatse High Court this past Tuesday as he alongside Joram Matomela successfully represented the BPF to keep Biggie Butale away from the party and its presidency.

Bring back my presidency!

Through his notice of motion, Butale who is represented by attorney Kole Kole wanted an order directing and ordering that the matter be heard as one of urgency and that the ordinary rules of court relating to times, forms and methods of service be dispensed with in dealing with this matter as one of urgency. “The respondents are interdicted from taking any steps to organise an election or to appoint and/or approve any other person or candidate as party president other than the applicant; alternatively if any such appointment is already extant, then such appointee be and is hereby interdicted from discharging the functions of the office of president of the BPF and/or otherwise hold himself out to be president of the BPF,” Butale wants the order to state. Additionally, he sought a preliminary court order (rule nisi), which would require the respondents to present themselves and explain why an official directive shouldn't be issued. This directive would compel the BPF, along with its NEC and disciplinary committee, to promptly furnish the Registrar and the legal representatives of the applicant with an exhaustive and unaltered record of all proceedings of the decisions surrounding the suspension and removal of the Applicant from his positions as a member and the BPF president.

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