Tuesday, September 22, 2020

BNF Youth endorse Moupo

In what appears to be an indirect response to a resignation from the Botswana National Front central committee by Dr Monageng Mogalakwe two weeks back, BNF Youth (BNFYL) has called on party leaders to come up with a pack of code of ethics.

Youth League say since nobody has come forward to challenge Moupo for the Presidency, they will rally behind the current president.

They say such ethical standards would then be used to qualify or disqualify members from contesting for leadership positions inside the party structures.

The Youth League maintains that party president Otsweletse Moupo is being unfairly crucified for matters that are entirely private and personal.

?There are many BNF members that have run businesses that later collapsed. Do we now disqualify them from contesting for positions? There is need for a debate and a clear list of offences that disqualify everyone. We should not be cherry-picking? said Youth League President Nelson Ramaotwana.

Answering questions from the media former Gaborone City Mayor said the BNFYL was concerned that personal matters were being used to criticize Moupo.

?We must be categorical and establish through the party congress a set of ethical standards. This should be a policy issue discussed and endorsed by the party congress. It should not be witch-hunting exercise,? charged Ramaotwana.

Last week Dr Mogalakwe tendered a resignation letter accusing Moupo of being a ?fake revolutionary? who has put his own personal interests above those of the party.

In a letter that was later made public Mogalakwe stated that ever since Moupo got engulfed in financial and other scandals, he has proved to be a liability to the party.

Mogalakwe added that the Botswana Democratic Party and Botswana Congress Party have correctly identified Moupo as the weakest link in the BNF amour.

However, Ramaotwana who is for a Moupo ally contended that in order to avoid divisions within the party it was important to come up with well construed principles stating who qualifies to be a party leadership and who does not.

Ramaotwana also gave examples of Michael Muzwinila and the late Maitshwarelo Dabutha – two former BNF Members of Parliament who he said performed impeccably well despite their checkered past.

He maintained that Moupo?s law firm troubles and financial problems are not BNF?s.
?We should be talking about poverty and unemployment,? said Ramaotwana.

?We know of politicians who owed millions prior to the 2004 elections but we never ran to the papers to talk about the issues because we knew it was not in the interest of Batswana,? he said.

The BNF president has since called a special congress scheduled for May this year and it is expected a new central committee will be elected.

Currently nobody has formerly shown interest in challenging Moupo but insiders reveal current BNF vice president Dr Kathleen Letshabo could announce her candidacy.

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