Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Now BNF factions tussle over who will run their elections

A dispute is brewing between the warring factions of the Botswana National Front over who will preside over the elections for the control of the party at their extraordinary congress in Molepolole.
The faction led by incumbent president Otsweletse Moupo wants the University of Botswana Democracy and Research Group to preside over the elections, while the faction led by Kathleen Letshabo wants the party?s elections board to be given the mandate to run the election.

With distrust running deep, Moupo?s side says the party?s elections Board cannot be trusted, especially because one of them recently meddled in the factions by rooting for a new name of former Kgatleng Council Chairman Rasetshwane to enter the BNF presidential race.

Moupo?s side further contends that many of the Board?s members are Letshabo appointed henchmen as they were handpicked when Moupo was on sabbatical leave some time last year.
There is a recent history to the fears expressed by Moupo?s factions.

A disciplinary Committee that was also appointed when Moupo was away recently ruled against him after he took disciplinary actions against Gaborone Mayor Harry Mothei for going against the party caucus.

Moupo?s side say only the University of Botswana can be trusted to run the elections in light of deep polarity and mutual suspicions that now characterize the relations between the BNF factions.
The Democracy and Research group of the University of Botswana has over the years been used even by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party, including at the highly contentious Ghanzi Congress about four years ago when Vice President Ian Khama challenged and ousted the incumbent party National chairman.

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