Just when everyone was thinking the dust was settling at the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), it seems the war of numbers for the control of the ruling party’s central committee is far from over.
Acting Youth chair, Dithapelo Tshotego, who is aligned to the A-Team faction, has told the party’s acting secretary general and Francistown South MP, Wynter Mmolotsi, that he is still the chair of the party’s youth organ.
This comes after Mmolotsi, a member of the rival Barata Phathi faction, wrote a letter to Dithapelo informing him that following the resignation of Fanky Motsaathebe as the substantive chairperson of the youth wing, Armstrong Dikgafela had been appointed to serve as the new youth wing chair.
As chairperson of the youth wing the candidate also gets to sit at the BDP’s central committee and also has the right to vote.
In his letter, Tshotego states that Mmolotsi has no right to appoint a chair for the youth wing because he is aware of the politics besieging some youth wing leaders.
He also complains that the central committee has not been informed nor sanctioned Mmolotsi’s move to appoint Dikgafela as the new youth wing chair.
Tshotego says that if anything Mmolotsi had to turn to the party’s regulations which govern resignations.
“I therefore cannot understand why you would unilaterally and without the knowledge of the central committee take such a decision which goes against party procedures and the youth wing rules and regulations,” the letter reads in part.
Tshotego says that he will continue to serve in his capacity as acting chairman of the youth wing until the party’s central committee takes a decision on the whole issue.
Contacted for comment the BDP’s Mmolotsi dismissed the whole issue as an old issue and maintained that Dikgafela was the new chair of the party’s youth wing.
“He knows the party’s constitution and procedures,” said Mmolotsi.