BNF members question Umbrella
by The Telegraph Reporter
Delegates at a recent Botswana National Front (BNF) conference for the South Central region have questioned the viability of the Umbrella project.
The conference was held over the weekend in Gaborone.
The South Central region is made up of the five Gaborone constituencies, the two Kgatleng constituencies and the South East South constituency.
Delegates at the weekend meeting are said to have expressed reservations about the Umbrella party. Some are said to have openly expressed their lack of trust on the BNF partner, the Botswana Movement For Democracy (BMD).
According to insiders, a significant number of party members of those who attended were of the view that the party should review its participation in the Umbrella project because the BMD was losing members to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.
However, in a interview with The Telegraph, the region’s secretary, Thabo Komane, denied that there were calls for a review.
Komane said that while the issue was “vigorously” debated, it was resolved that the BNF taskforce team and the party leadership should appraise the party membership fully on the Umbrella party.
He said that there were genuine concerns on the constituency allocations and a general lack of knowledge on whether the BNF will cease to exist once the Umbrella is officially registered or it will be an associate of the Umbrella party.
“We have resolved to ask for an appraisal from the opposition cooperation task force and the party central committee,” said Komane.
He also disclosed that the meeting has proposed that the party’s Appeals Board be appointed by congress instead of the President and central committee.
He said that some members feel the board should be appointed by congress.
“We also have a resolution that urges the party to come up with a code of discipline to guide members…for instance, under the code those facing criminal charges should not be eligible to stand for political office until their matters are settled by the courts.”