Outgoing Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMDYL) President Phenyo Segokgo has laughed off at allegations that Botsalo Ntuane has a role in his campaign to retain the league presidency at the congress that will be held in Mochudi over the weekend. Addressing his last press conference as the league President on Monday, Segokgo said while he was aware of the allegations that his opponents have been peddling on social media, he decided to ignore them and focus on his campaign. Segokgo, who was elected BMDYL President in 2012, is seeking re-election and will face off with Roger Mphafe. Segokgo said it was disheartening to see his fellow party members stoop so low in their bid to wrestle the youth league leadership from him.
There have been allegations on social media suggesting Ntuane could be funding Segokgo’s team and that he is the one who drafted his campaign manifesto. Segokgo however said he was not entirely surprised by the allegations as in every election; some elements tend to prefer politics of mudslinging instead of sticking to pertinent issues. He said he was seeking re-election because ever since he was first elected to lead the BMD youth league, he has set at the power-centre of the movement, attended several political workshops and seminars. Segokgo said he discussed youth issues on many television and radio platforms and on newspapers. “I have seen the political fa├ºade; and listened to the empty promises by different sections of the society made to the youth”, he said.
Segokgo said he together with other UDC youth, have been victims of the BDP government’s repression when all of their public demonstrations on youth issues were denied permission. Segokgo said if he is given another term to lead the youth league, he will consult the youth, communicate with the youth, collaborate with the youth and celebrate efforts of the youth. “In laying the foundation for success, we will demand robust capacitation and connection with the youth”, said Segokgo. He promised to readily accept defeat should the youth decide to deny him another opportunity to lead them. Segokgo also announced that should he lose to Mphafe, he will gladly resign his position as UDC Youth President because he would not want to become Mphafe’s boss at UDC while he would have defeated him at BMD.