The Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD)’s 27 National Executive Committee (NEC) positions are expected to be filled after elections today (Sunday).
The BMD’s 1st inaugural congress has been ongoing since Friday April 29 and is expected to end tomorrow (Monday). The main focus has been on party policies, constitution and also the elections.
The congress comes after it was postponed a couple of times. BMD positions that are up for grabs include the President of the party, Vice President, Secretary General, Treasure, Deputy Treasurer, Deputy Secretary General, National organizing Secretary and Director of policy.
Sources have revealed that other members and delegates have been busy de-campaigning other key members for the executive positions within the party. Sources have also revealed some ‘preferred’ lobby list have been circulating around in form of all modes of communication.
Also the previous postponements have raised doubts about the stability of the BMD.
Another source said surprises of new faces are said to be likely to appear from the floor during elections for executive positions. Names that are being touted are those of Dr. Wilson Thupeng, Richard Oaitse, Isaac Davids and Armstrong Dikgafela.
So far, the front runners for the BMD presidency are Gomolemo Motswaledi, Advocate Sidney Pilane and Boikobo Diile.
It is also suspected that Botsalo Ntuane might stand unopposed for the position of vice president.
Sources revealed that MP Guma Moyo prefers to assist while not in the forefront position. Moyo is also suspected to be reluctant to be a contender for the position of treasurer.
Meanwhile, Nehemiah Modubule is said to be eyeing the BMD Chairmanship. Secretary General’s position is speculated to be eyed by MP Winter Mmolotsi and Gilbert Mangole. Both of them have been active in Francistown and Kgatleng.
Other names that are touted include MP Odirile Motlhale, Binkie Kerileng, Kabo Morwaeng and Ndaba Gaolatlhe who have been in the Interim committee.
The University of Botswana Democracy Project is expected to facilitate the elections during congress at St Josephs College in Kgale.
University of Botswana Political Science Associate Professor and Political analyst, Zibani Maundeni, told Sunday Standard that he observed that a lot of political parties have been holding congresses while they were not ready. He stated the readiness is important for the purpose of stability in the party.
“There is nothing wrong with founding members being re-elected,” said Maundeni. He stated that any political congress which has a lot of differences may be a sign of not going the right direction.