Team Mphafe releases manifesto

Ahead of the Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMDYL) elections in Mochudi this weekend, presidential candidate, Roger Mphafe and his team had released a manifesto.

The team says the youth of the movement has reached an imperative point where honest introspection is needed.

“For three years, the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has failed to utilise the endless opportunities of growth afforded by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). It is an open secret that young Batswana in good numbers are frustrated by the BDP’s despotism.

Like never before, we see young Batswana eager to participate in reshaping and restoring the integrity of their country,” the manifesto says.


It states that Batswana are ready to fight against all threats to economic stability, peace and democracy of their beloved country. Young people are very alive to the fact that their country is under siege and they seem ready to defend it at all costs. “What the BMDYL should do, which it failed to do in the past three years, is to tap into the skills of these young people and fully utilise their energies to bring about the much desired change in Botswana. BMDYL needs to strategically position the youth in the forefront to drive the ‘change’ agenda.”

Team Mphafe’s manifesto has five pillars. “The first two pillars will be dealt with comprehensively within the first 100 days of assuming office. The two pillars which are strategic planning and building administrative capacity will lay a good foundation to achieve our objectives and the rest of the pillars.

“After six months, we would have started progress on all the other pillars and strategy implementation will be in full swing.

Our manifesto emphasises collectiveness with clear role division for efficiency and productivity. This is outlined by our spirit of five pillars each driven by a working stream associated with it,” writes Mphafe in the manifesto’s preamble.

He says their approach is premised on five pillars to help them fulfil their mission with ease. “The essence of the five pillars is to simplify our message and craft a practical working plan to address all the challenges aforesaid. Again this is not an absolute solution; we still need capable hands of the gifted people in our movement to contribute in their own unique ways to help facilitate our mission. This goes without saying.”

Meanwhile, Mphafe’s team has councillor Elijah Majere contesting the position of deputy president while Joyce Disoso Pheto is interested in becoming secretary general with Jacob Kelebeng slated to be her second in command. Councillor Sesupo Jacobs would contest the position of the treasurer general and would be deputised by Motshidisi Ncube. Kealeboga Kebareng wants to be the national director of policy while Gaone Lewanika is seeking to be the national organising secretary.

Those interested in being aditional members in Mphafe’s team are Mooketsi Rakose, Legodile Mothibi, Gorata Molefe, Leatile Majafe, Bonniface Mankanku, Wendy Montshopitsa and Godiraone Matlhomane.

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