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Gaolathe proposes to suspend Youth League

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President Ndaba Gaolathe

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President Ndaba Gaolathe this week announced that he will propose to the party National Executive Committee (NEC), a motion calling for the suspension of the party youth league until the matter is discussed by the party at the upcoming congress.  


Following the party’s Youth League elections last week, the losing camp disputed the results, citing unfairness of the process which was used to conduct the elections.


The highly contested election saw a faction led by former Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC parliamentary candidate for Ramotswa, Rodger Mphafe withdraw at the eleventh hour. The election process proceeded without their participation and incumbent, Phenyo Segokgo and his team were declared the winners.


Mphafe’s team protested the outcome and argued that there was interference from the party’s Vice President, Wynter Mmolotsi and Secretary General, Gilbert Mangole who are said to have supported Segokgo’s team. Mphafe’s team also contended that the outgoing youth league committee, which was up for re-election, was involved in the electoral process, therefore rendering the election unfair.


Gaoathe has admitted that indeed a lot of things had not gone well during the youth congress election and stated that he takes full responsibility of what transpired in Mochudi. Gaolathe expressed his disappointment with the factions that marred the youth league elections and noted that going forward such development should not be allowed to happen within the party.


Gaolathe is expected to meet NEC members to decide over the future of the party young league. The BMD leader wants the current youth league committee to be set aside for now, until the national party congress, which is the supreme organ when it comes to taking resolutions for the party.


In the recent past, Segokgo has admitted that the elections did not go as smooth as they should have but urged his fellow competitor to accept the results and work towards uniting the party. Segokgo was first elected BMDYL President at Selebi Phikwe Congress in 2012, defeating former party spokesperson, Winfred Rasina. Segokgo is also the current president of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Youth League.


Mphafe who strongly feels the party constitution was violated has called on members of his team to cease attacking Segokgo’s team to allow the NEC to deliberate on the matter and make a decision. Mphafe however declined to talk to this publication regarding party president Gaolathe’s proposal to suspend the recently elected youth league. “I cannot discus those matters with the media at the moment,” he said.


Efforts to contact the incumbent youth league president were futile as his mobile phone rang unanswered.

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