UDC extends Saleshando, Kekgonegile suspensions

Dumelang Saleshando. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Dumelang Saleshando. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has extended the suspensions of UDC vice president Dumelang Saleshando and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) secretary-general (SG) Goretetse Kekgonegile indefinitely. The two were suspended by the opposition coalition in July for three months, a period that elapsed late last month.

The UDC has indicated that it had taken a decision to extend the suspensions because the duo had challenged their suspensions in the court of law. In July, Saleshando and Kekgonegile filed a case before court seeking among others for their suspension from the UDC to be declared unlawful, wrongful, unreasonable, improper and invalid in so far as they are not members. Saleshando revealed after their suspension that he was not a UDC member therefore he didn’t understand how the UDC could suspend someone who is not their member.

“For your part you have instituted an application before the High Court of Botswana in which you seek a review and setting aside of your suspension. You further purport in your application that the UDC has no “disciplinary authority” over you. At its meeting of September 6, 2022 the NEC noted the fact that you have sought legal redress and resolved that it maintains your suspension and places the envisioned disciplinary action against you in abeyance pending the outcome of your review application,” reads a letter from UDC president Duma Boko addressed to Saleshando and Kekgonegile. In the letter Boko added that Saleshando and Kekgonegile remain suspended on the same terms as were advised at the meeting of June 25, 2022. He said the disciplinary action against the two will commence as necessary upon the conclusion of the duo’s application before court. Saleshando confirmed to Mmegi that they have indeed received the letters of the extended suspensions.

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