The Botswana Congress Party Youth League (BCPYL) is uncomfortable with the fact that their mother party does not have a position on gay rights, commercial rights and the need for condoms in prisons.
The BCPYL, which recently held its elective congress on the 9th of April, said that it encouraged the mother party to hold a dialogue and an open-minded debate on the three national issues.
The three topics have dominated the media since last year, with the recent newshogger being that of issues surrounding gay rights.
An association in support of the rights of lesbians and gays, LEGABIBO, surprised the country when it filed a case against the Botswana government for not recognizing their existence and rights.
“Homosexuality and commercial sex have become realities in our society and should be approached cautiously with consideration of the rights of these groups. The BCPYL will dialogue with BONELA, LEGABIBO, government and other stakeholders to learn more so as to take an informed position on these issues,” said Lotty Manyapetsa, president of the BCPYL.
The Youth League wants the nation at large and the BCP to arrive at a “reasonable and workable solution”.
It is their stand that since the BCP is a social democratic party, it should support the rights of the minority.
Meanwhile the BCPYL has elected a new committee into power, even though some of them are from the outgoing committee.
Manyapetsa keeps his seat as president.
His vice president will be Dithapelo Keorapetse and Seabelo Thekiso is now the Secretary General of the BCPYL.
Thekiso’s deputy will be Gift Mothudi.
Tebogo Molefe and Martin Dingake take over as Treasurer and Publicity and Information Secretary, respectively.
Manyapetsa said that the league’s priority will be a recruitment drive and building of youth structure across the country.
“In an endeavor to achieve these, the committee, its sub-committees and ad hoc committees will embark on a countrywide tour of regions, constituencies and wards to revive seemingly weak youth structures. We will hold house to house campaigns, road shows, political rallies and visit tertiary institutions, among other political activities,” he said.