Things at the Botswana National Front (BNF) are tailspinning into chaos as Team Baatlhodi ‘Bucs’ Molatlhegi members are taking their party to court.
Molatlhegi is challenging the current BNF president, Duma Boko in the upcoming party congress scheduled for July.
According to court papers that have been filed before the court, the members want the court to set aside the congress notice dated June 6 by the party central committee and also to declare it unconstitutional, null, and void. The applicants, Kgakgamatso Kebiditswe and Tlamelo Mpodi want the court to set aside the decision by the party central committee to hold the congress.
They want the court to direct the respondent, which is the BNF, to take all necessary steps before the issuing of any notice to convene the 18th national congress per the BNF constitution.
"Through the central committee of the BNF and its national organising secretary, in accordance with the BNF guidelines forward, constituency, regional, and auxiliary organs congress (guidelines), the renewal of the mandate of such leadership structures is obtained and that the central committee appoints a joint credentials committee to ensure free and fair elections," the court papers stated.
The papers further state: "Ensures the appointment through its central committee of an independent and impartial electoral body as an interim measure to lead change in the running of a pursuant congress with powers, inter alia, to register delegates."
They want the party to appoint a crisis resolution committee for the internal resolution of election disputes according to the party constitution.
In addition, they want the party to allow new membership registration and renewal of existing membership in the lead-up to the national congress and stipulate that no such registration shall be interrupted.
BNF spokesperson, Justin Hunyepa confirmed that they have been served with court papers. He, however, stressed that they are proceeding with the preparations for the elective congress.
"We will only stop the proceedings of the congress once a court interdict has been served upon us stopping the process," Hunyepa told MmegiOnline.