Ahead of the Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League elective congress next month, the party’s national spokesman has announced his availability to lead the youth league as its president.
Rasina Winfred Rasina this week made known his interest to stand as the BMDYL president through a press statement. He was quick to point out that he was not coerced into the decision.
The BMD is without an interim youth league following a string of resignations by its former youth league, including the interim president, Armstrong Dikgafela, who defected to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
Saying his was a departure from the political rhetoric of ‘people asked me to stand’, Rasina says he decided to stand for the BMD Youth League president first and foremost because he developed interest “out of a need to build, prepare and sustain a progressive culture for our youth institution as a third leg of our great movement”.
He offers that the decision is central to the understanding of the party’s National Executive Committee, the Women’s League and the Youth League ÔÇô a claim which could not be immediately and independently verified.
“It is inevitable that I also consulted widely amongst young people, elders, leaders, political activists, analysts and observers, corporate persons, revolutionary forces, family, friends, and my wife and shared with my children. That, above all, I prayed hard, long and humbly to God for wise counsel,” Rasina says.
“My political experience and humble wisdom fully informs me like any other politician that the essence of any political party growth, is within its ability to grow its numerical strength and shape its future through its young cadres. My BMD Youth League President candidacy is deep rooted thus on this simple notion,” he said.