Sunday, May 28, 2023

Rigorous debates and discussions expected at BFA General Assembly

A motion of no confidence is not expected when the Botswana Football Association (BFA) converge at the Tlotlo Conference Centre for their Annual General Assembly (AGA) this coming weekend.

After countless threats that a motion of no confidence may be tabled against the current regime, more especially its president, it has however been revealed that none of the regions has tabled such a motion.

Speaking in an interview, BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo said while he did not have the motions tabled by the regions before him, he has not heard or read of any such motion from the association structures.

“At this moment, I cannot recall which motions have been tabled by the BFA structures as they are now with the association’s legal advisors,” the BFA CEO explained.

“However, I can confirm that from the motions that have passed through my desk, there was no motion of no confidence tabled by any of our structures,” he said.

He said as such, he does not expect such a motion to make into the AGA agenda. “As far as I understand, no motion can be raised from the floor during the AGA. We therefore do not expect such a motion,” said Mfolo.

The BFA CEO however said going into the AGA, the association expects rigorous discussions and debates from its affiliates and structures.

Among others, the issue mostly likely to pique the interest of the BFA structures is that of the association financials.

Following the non presentation of financials during the association’s last AGA, structures are expecting the BFA to present to them audited finances of the past two financial years.

“Our external auditors, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have finished auditing our finances and we expect them to present them. We also expect our own Audit and Compliance committee to have a say when the financials are presented,” he explained.

“As you may be aware, we did not have financial reports for the 2016/17 financial year. Expectation is that we will have two sets of financial reports during this year’s AGA,” said Mfolo.

On the issue of elections, the BFA CEO said he does not expect the AGA to discuss anything to do with the association’s immediate past turbulent elections.

He however said there is expectation that the AGA will have a chance to do modifications and ratifications to the BFA electoral code as per the recommendations of the BFA Electoral Committee.

“Following the recent confusions surrounding the elections, the BFA Electoral Committee has found that the BFA Electoral code has many flaws and needs to be amended,” he explained.

The BFA CEO said the flaws, included, among others, issues in compliance, voters roll, election observers, returning officers as well as issues regarding integrity in vetting of candidates seeking positions in the BFA and its structures.

“The electoral committee is of the view that forms used for applying for positions within the association have to be composed in such a way that people with criminal backgrounds do not make it into the BFA offices,” Mfolo concluded.


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