The Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) National Executive Committee (NEC) is facing an uncertain future after four of its members resigned.
It is now seeking intervention from the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) and the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) as it is faced with the prospect of being dissolved. According to the BAA constitution, section 12, subsection 7, “In the event that four positions fall vacant, the executive committee shall automatically dissolve and the remaining officers shall vacate the office immediately.”
The latest NEC members to ditch the crisis-ridden association are its Treasurer, Brian Mosweu and the Secretary General, Gilbert Keakantse. The resignation of the two members came in a tumultuous seven day period that started with the resignation of the BBA’s Vice Secretary General Virginia Mofokeng-Staddon on the 7th of this month.
Her resignation, which followed NEC additional member Kenneth Kikwe’s resignation, was then quickly followed by that of Mosweu while Keakantse was the last to throw in the towel this past Friday.
Speaking in an interview, BAA Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ipolokeng Ramatshaba confirmed the resignations but said the association is working to find a way forward from its current crisis. “While we can confirm the resignations, at this moment, we still regard this as an internal matter. We are currently working and negotiating how best to resolve this issue,” the BAA PRO said.
Asked whether there is a possibility of the BAA NEC co-opting new committee members, the BAA PRO said the issue cannot be discussed as the NEC looks for a solution to their problems.
Quizzed further on what the constitution said on issues such as this, the BAA PRO said if it was according to the constitution, ‘the committee should automatically dissolve.’ Ramatshaba’s statement was also confirmed by the BAA Vice President, Glody Dube who reiterated that the BAA has sought the intervention of the BNSC and the BNOC.
While he said the issue is still treated as an internal matter, Dube said any decision on the way forward will now depend on the response the association gets from both the BNSC and the BNOC.
He said taking into consideration the fact that the BAA NEC was still preparing for the forthcoming 2nd Africa Youth Games, they felt it appropriate to seek advice from the two local sporting mother bodies. On the issue of constitution, the BAA Vice President said if it was to be followed, the BAA NEC would automatically resolve and the BAA Secretariat take over and call a Special General Meeting to elect new office bearers within 21 days from the day the Executive committee dissolved. “But as I said, we still regard this as an internal matter and any decisions will be taken after we hear from the BNSC and the BNOC,” Dube concluded.