As the Botswana National Front braces for its elective congress to be held over the President’s Holidays, candidates vying for party positions have put their names forward.
Party President, Duma Boko, will officially open the meeting, which will also be addressed by representatives of the opposition Botswana Movement for Democracy and Botswana Peoples Party.
The three parties are in coalition under the Umbrella for Democratic Change.
Other guests include the African National Congress, South African Communist Party, FRELIMO of Mozambique, BOFEPUSO and the Botswana Federation of Teachers Union.
Voting is expected to start on Monday 15th.
A statement from the party said that while the party president remains unchallenged thus far, the vice president’s position will be contested by Same Bathobakae and Elmon Tafa.
Tapiso Ferdinard Kgosikoma will fight it out with Kgakgamatso Kebiditse for the Secretary General’s position.
The Deputy Secretary General’s position will see a three-way contest between Bashi Sengwaketse, Godfrey Wadikgomo and Shampoo Shadikong.
Abram Spuna Kesupile, Geoffrey Mogalakwe, Otlaadisa Koosaletse and Sekgopi John Bogatsu will battle it out for the chairpersonship of the party.
The treasurer’s position pits Aubrey Lesaso and Murray Dipate while Motsamai Motsamai and Otlaadisa Maswabi will tussle for the position of Secretary for Labour.
Secretary for Political Education will be contested for by Sam Digwa and Comrade Basimane while Andre Ncube and Monametsi Motlhatlhobi and Osimile Fish want to become Secretary for Economic Affairs.
Moeti Mohwasa will wrestle Benjamin Kelepang for the Publicity and Information portfolio, while Montshwariemang Kesiile is uncontested for Secretary for Health and Environment.
The statement said that Itumeleng Fight, Michael Mzwinila, Tapoloso Mosika and Tona Mooketsi will run for National Organizing Secretary while Jimmy Thukwi and Kwenaente Gaseitsiwe will lock horns for Secretary for International Affairs.