Chess iron lady Neoyame Keenese Katisenge wants to stand for the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) presidency to succeed Tshenolo Maruatona.
Katisenge’s four-year term as the federation’s mouthpiece comes to an end mid this year. Despite being cagey about her intentions, close sources told Sunday Standard that Katisenge expressed interest in leading local chess for the next term.
BCF will on May 27 this year elect new leadership that will lead the federation for the next four-year term. The elections scheduled for Maun will be directed by the elections committee that was elected last year during the AGM.
“Katisenge is willing to take over as the BCF president and it is only a matter of time before disclosing her intentions. She has been part of the federation for a long time now and believes she is now ready to take over the button,” a source said.
While the elections committee directs the elections nominations and voting process, all aspiring to stand for positions are still waiting for the green light by the committee to start campaigning publicly.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, Katisenge revealed that despite her term as public relations director at the BCF she intends to assist in the growth of local chess but from in a higher position.
‘’Yes, I am interested in standing for another term but under a different position, a higher position but I do not have the permission yet to announce. Just like all other aspirants I am awaiting the elections committee permission to declare my interest,” Katisenge said. She said having worked for some time in the chess arena, it is vital that her experience assist in taking local chess to another level.
‘’Given my experience with the federation in different positions since 2008, I believe will add value to the game. For some time now I have been serving chess at continental and world level amassing vital experience in the world of chess,” cited Katisenge. The Maun-born Katisenge joined the BCF Executive Committee in 2011 as an additional member, elevating to assistant secretary general in 2012 and elected Public Relations Director in 2013 with the responsibility of enhancing chess image in Botswana.
During her term at the BCF, Katisenge was appointed Secretary of the African Chess Confederation Women’s Commission in 2014 and chairperson on Women and Sports Botswana (WASBO), Gaborone Regional Committee in 2013 until to date.
Katisenge was appointed Councillor under the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Commission for Women’s Chess in 2014. In 2015, she won the Administrator of the Year Award at the 2015 Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) awards.