The Botswana National Front Publicity Secretary has said that the party has not received a legal opinion on whether to hold a Congress or a Conference.
Moeti Mohwasa told The Sunday Standard today that the party Secretary General Muhammad Khan had indeed written a letter seeking a legal opinion from attorney Oduetse Langwane on the way forward.
“The important matter is that we have not received that opinion. Even if the legal opinion were to come it has been overtaken by events because the leadership has now reached a conclusion to hold a Conference and not a Congress,” said Mohwasa.
BNF leader Otsweletse Moupo has come under fierce media attack for disregarding the opinion.
At a press conference yesterday Moupo said he had not received that opinion. He also said he did not need it.
But it has since come to light that at one point in his capacity as the Chief Administrator Muhammad Khan wrote a letter to the lawyers asking for their assistance.
“In terms of our conclusion a congress takes place every three years to among other things elect the leadership of the party. However the constitution further provides that the Congress may be postponed to the following year if it falls within an election year or held at any time if there are circumstances necessitating it. The meaning and import of these provisions is that as a general rule, the Congress shall be held every three (3) years, but may be earlier or later than three years depending on the circumstances. An Extraordinary Congress was held last year following the generalized lack of cohesion and disunity within the then leadership. Therefore the Central Committee has long taken a position on this matter to have the next Ordinary Congress in 2010,” said Moupo.
But still there are some dissenting voices within the BNF who want an elective Congress. Their take is that at long last they have an opportunity to defeat Moupo and his Central Committee.
This group further alleges that Moupo does not want to call an elective Congress because he knows that his popularity has plummeted since last year’s Special Congress when he routed his challenger, Katleen Letshabo.