Botswana Netball Association (BONA) has indefinitely postponed its elective Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was scheduled for this past weekend.
The virtual elective meeting would have ushered in a new executive committee to steer the BONA ship for the next four years.
The AGM was to be held under the theme: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.”
However, in a bizarre move, a day before the elective AGM this past Friday, BONA announced the postponement of the elective meeting.
The announcement came barely four (4) days after the association had announced the names of contenders for the BONA executive committee positions.
In a communique explaining the reasons for the sudden postponement of the AGM, BONA implied it was due to non-compliance of clubs.
“The decision was prompted by the realisation that none of the members and or teams satisfy the article 8 (b) and (e) of the BONA 2009 Constitution.”
Article 8(b) of BONA states that, ‘membership of the association shall be open to all netball clubs registered with the Registrar of Societies which shall fulfil registration and membership requirements in terms of this Constitution (BONA).
Article 8 (e) on the states that ‘requirements for affiliation to the Association shall include the clubs Constitution, certificate of registration from the Registrar of Companies and payment of the annual subscription fees as agreed by the General membership from time to time.’
In the same communique, BONA advised teams ‘to send all their registration and compliance documents directly to the BONA Secretary General by the 23rd April 2021.
It also instructed Zonal Committees ‘to furnish the BONA Treasurer with proof of affiliation by teams by the 23rd April 2021.’
The move by the BONA executive to suddenly postpone the AGM on the eve of its due date has left many questioning its motives.
Addressing a press briefing in early March 2020, the current committee explained that when it assumed office in 2017, it found all teams not to be compliant to be considered full affiliates of BONA.
The committee however vowed that it was working with all clubs to ensure they complied as per the requirements of the registrar of societies and the BONA constitution.
Of late, the committee had many believe that most of the clubs had complied, and the sudden postponement due to alleged non-compliance has set tongues wagging.
After almost four years of non-activity in netball, many are of the view that the current committee has realised it cannot win elections, hence the sudden postponement.
At the elective AGM, current BONA president Malebogo Raditladi was expected to defend her presidency against Onkemetse Mpudi and Thulaganyo Retshabile.
While still considered a newbie in the BONA politics, Retshabile was highly tipped to replace Raditladi at the helm had the elections proceeded as previously scheduled.
The other battle would have been in the Marketing and Public Relations Officer position where Mokeresete Mokeresete and Kereemang Montwedi were expected to go head-to-head.
Seipei Gaelesiwe and Masego Serumola on the other hand were expected to get a free pass into the BONA executive.
Gaelesiwe was standing unopposed for the position of vice president projects and events while Serumola was also to be unopposed for the sports development officer position.