Wednesday, October 21, 2020

BNF youth plays down factionalism

Botswana National Front Youth league is having some temporary camps but not faction ahead of the 2016 elective congress.

The party Youth League, Secretary General, Arafat Khan denied the existence of factions which are said to be dividing the party ahead of the youth national elective congress scheduled for 27-29 May this year in Mahalapye.

When responding to questions during a Press briefing Khan said there are only temporary camps within the party, but not factions as purported by certain individuals.

Although Khan could not confirm nor deny that there is a faction which is in support of Kago Mokotedi as opposed to another one backing Richard Khumoekae, the general feeling is that such factions exist.

A close source belonging to Khumoekae’s camp said there are certain group which is abusing BNYYL office.

The source claims that the people who were addressing the press conference are the same group of people who are misleading party elders on issues affecting the youth. The press conference was addressed amongst others by Vice President, Kagiso Thutlhwe, Secretary General, Arafat Khan, Control Commission, Olebogeng kemelo, Publicity Secretary Malatsi Mokhubami and Labour secretary Bafenyi Ntswakae.

The source further claim that the same group has initially advocated for the announcement of writ of election but said it is surprising that the group is now turning their back against it, just because they are now in power. 

”As a tradition of the party, the writ of election has always been there although it is not in the constitution and in principle it has always worked for the party since its inception,” said the source. When addressing the press, Khan made it clear that there will be no writ of election for the upcoming congress. He further told the press that the campaign for the 2016 youth league elective congress has long started immediately after the 2013 elective congress.

The press conference was marred with some differences as BNFYL Publicit Secretary Malatsi Mokhubami failed to control his cool and uttered some damaging words against the media claiming that they are writing negative stories and dividing the party by influencing factions within the it.

The media then asked Mokhubami if he was referring to them but he retracted his words and apologized for his temper.

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