Youth league congress tests BNF unity


With tensions already high ahead of the Botswana National Front (BNF) youth league elective congress in Molepolole over the weekend, insiders are doubtful that party will achieve the unity it seeks. Already team unity has made an appeal to the Party Central Committee (CC) to appoint an independent electoral board as it doubts the independence and impartiality of the one appointed by the party president Duma Boko.

Mmegi has learnt that this week, a team of elders comprising Patrick Mmolotsi and Howard Sigwele met with teams that support Boko and BNF president contender Baatlhodi Molatlhegi at which the issue of an independent electoral board was raised. The Molatlhegi team is said to have bitterly complained that the absence of an independent body will not guarantee free and fair elections starting with the youth league congress. According to an insider, the team also informed the elders that it had written numerous letters to the CC regarding this matter and other issues including the suspensions of some of the Molatlhegi team members. It has emerged that the CC had not responded to the letters. Despite BNF secretary-general Moeti Mohwasa's earlier pronouncement that the suspension will be lifted on condition that the suspended members apologise, team Molatlhegi explained that it has not received any official correspondence to that effect. Rather, some members at the regional level are still isolating the Molatlhegi team.

However, the Boko team also raised concern over issues of indiscipline by the Molatlhegi team. The Boko team further accused the Molatlhegi team of leaking wrong information to the media and consequently tarnishing the image of the party. Moreover according to the insider, a team of elders aiming at reconciling the two teams agreed that they would meet with leaders of the two teams soon to address all concerns from both parties. Meanwhile, the BNF youth league task team secretary- general Mpho Kgomotso said preparations for the weekend congress are going well and they are engaging all campaigning teams. “We are working well with both teams and those who have complaints engage us through writing and we have meetings to solve any issues and complaints. We believe that the voters’ roll will be out this week and everyone will have access to it at their structures. Our team will be available even at the congress to address any issue that might arise. Our aim is for this election to be free and fair to all who want to lead the youth,” Kgomotso said.

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