The raging battle for BDP SG position

Tsholetsa House PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Tsholetsa House PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

As the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) elective congress draws nearer, the party leadership wants a secretary-general (SG) who will be employed by the party.

This will not be the first time the issue crops up since it was once rejected by members of the party at their congress. At the time, some felt that every member should be allowed to contest for the position while at the same time employed elsewhere. A motion was tabled on the matter at the Mmadinare congress in 2015 and it has since been resurrected.

According to the BDP constitution, one has to write to the party executive secretary to seek a constitutional amendment so that the matter could be discussed by party regions and structures. The party constitution article 42.1.1 reads; “any member, committee or organ of the party may propose an amendment to the party constitution or regulation by submitting, the proposed amendment to the executive secretary not later than four calendar months to the next meeting of the national council; the executive secretary shall immediately bring to the attention of the secretary-general of the party such proposed amendment.

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