Splinter martial arts body in the offing

During good times: (left -right) Kgosibodiba, Scott & Thuto
During good times: (left -right) Kgosibodiba, Scott & Thuto

A recent glory-hunting expedition trip to the United World Martial Arts Federation (UWMAF) World Cup in Namibia has instead, turned out to be a party spoiler, as divisions within the Botswana All Budo Styles Association (BABUSA) members, emerge. Some members ended up resigning as they were not happy with BABUSA president, Shihan Thuto Thuto's leadership style.

As a result, a breakaway body is being formed. Kyoshi Moses Kgosibodiba of Oikado Martial Arts School told Mmegi Sport that until March, BABUSA had 11 affiliates but now six remain. “We formed the association thinking that we are equal partners little did we know that Thuto felt that he owned BABUSA. When we could not withstand the pressure as Oikado, we resigned. We were not happy about the way preparations for the UWMAF World Cup were conducted,” he said. Kgosibodiba said sponsorship that was given to BABUSA was claimed by a certain affiliate and not by the association. “We felt that whatever resources that were received for BABUSA should be for BABUSA and not to look for sponsorship and take them to Oikado. I am not accountable or being answerable to queries of how that happened for me to take those resources when members know that I am looking for resources for BABUSA,” he said. Kgosibodiba said they felt that it was an administrative blunder they cannot tolerate.

He said they wrote to the BABUSA national executive committee proposing an extraordinary general meeting to address the issues after the Namibia trip but they were unsuccessful. Kgosibodiba said when BABUSA was established, an interim committee was put in place and the first elective congress was held in 2016. He said affiliates have been calling for elections but the executive committee has been evasive. “Some of us got suspended, Oikado resigned when I was BABUSA vice president-administration. I was suspended for reasons known by the president. I have come to accept that and I am not going to dwell on it. We have left BABUSA now,” he said.

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