Members of the Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League Interim committee (BMDYL) on Monday morning stepped down from their current positions as a matter of principle.
BMDYL Interim president, Armstrong Dikgafela, confirmed the resignations of more than seven members who occupied positions in the interim committee.This includes, among others, Phenyo Segokgo, Roselyn Panzirah, Sasa Nthite, Masole Ngaka, Mokhurutshe Mmate and Sonnie Serite.
Dikgafela further revealed that there is tension between the BMD National Executive Committee and the youth league. He said there are other candidates who are preferred by the BMD leadership which does not work well for the entire party and its mandate. He said there are many unsolved problems which the leadership is taking long to solve.
“This is a way of leaving them and the party for peace and stability because it seems the current interim youth committee is not preferred by the leadership,” said Dikgafela.
He further revealed that he will not contest for the upcoming first youth congress scheduled for Selibe Phikwe end of April this year. Contacted for comment, other committee members also echoed Dikgafela’s words of not standing for elections at the upcoming congress, and referred the matter to the party spokesperson. Dikgafela said the youth interim committee has been working voluntarily and committed for the party.
Contacted by The Telegraph, BMD Secretary General and Member of Parliament for Francistown South, Wynter Mmolotsi, said he was not aware of the resignation of the youth league and added everything is well in the party. Mmolotsi said he has been in contact with the youth often.
“We were together this morning in our preparations for our upcoming trips and other events. I will get back to you if I receive that kind of news,” he said.
BMD spokesperson, Rasina Rasina, said the party administration has not received the resignation letters of the youth league.
“For now, we treat that as a rumour and I cannot confirm that,” he said.