Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Centre Chiefs look to general membership to break gridlock

Mochudi Centre Chiefs may look to the general membership to break the impasse between its warring factions. With the simmering tensions between the society’s two polar committees still looking far from being resolved, it may now be left to the general membership to adjudicate when the club goes for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 2 this year.

Currently, Centre Chiefs has two axis of power, both claiming to be the legitimate office bearers of the club. On one side is the Earnest Molome/Raymond Tsheko axis, working as the Mochudi Centre Chiefs Trust as well as the team’s recognized Executive Committee, while on the other side is the Ramocha Tsieng axis, acting as the ‘Mochudi Centre Chiefs society’ executive committee.

The two factions have had running clashes, with the recent coming just about two weeks ago.

In a recent fiasco that put the factional wars on the spotlight, ‘society’ interim chairman, Tsieng wrote a letter of demand to Botswana Football Association (BFA) requesting the football governing body to deposit the league and mascom Top 8 prize monies into the society’s account.

The letter was met with scorn from the Tsheko led committee, who described the Tsieng led faction as ‘desperate individuals who have gone all the way to disrupt the activities of the football club for their own singular interests.’

However, with the Registrar of Societies having failed to help the club resolve the impasse between the two warring factions and recommending that the factions go for arbitration, it seems like the club may end up not going for arbitration if the AGM decides.

Speaking in an interview, Chiefs’ Public Relations Officer (PRO), Clifford Mogomotsi, said attempts by the Registrar failed as both factions were recognized as the team’s committees, with neither being superior to the other. He said in an attempt to find solutions, ever since December last year, the two have engaged in at least three meetings, all of which did not bear fruit. The first meeting was held on the 7th of December last year, while the second and third meetings were held on the 16th of February and 14th of March this year. Following the meetings, the Registrar recommended that the two factions go for arbitration. However no dates for arbitration were set.

Mogomotsi said it will not be remiss of the two factions to call on the club’s general membership, who are the rightful owners of Centre Chiefs, to resolve the problem.

“As interested party and rightful owners of the society, it may be in the interest of the club to submit the matter to the society’s general membership at the coming AGM to decide who they want to lead the club,” Mogomotsi explained.  Should the general membership agree to such, the Chiefs PRO believes there will be no need for arbitration.

He said the current situation is making it difficult to commercialize the club, let alone run it. According to the Chiefs PRO, when his Tsheko led committee took over in 2013, it sought to ensure the club is commercially run. While they managed to form a Trust to run the everyday affairs of the club, their efforts to complete the commercialization processes of the club have been thwarted by the ‘shenanigans’ of Tsieng and his committee, he said.

He said because of the current situation, attempts by the Tsheko led committee to dissolve the society and make way for a proper takeover by the trust have hit a snag. 

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