Tantrums and heated arguments bordering on culpability, as well as the dissolution of ex-president, Sensei Tshepo Bathai’s limping committee were the highlights of Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) Special General Meeting held last Saturday as the new dawn for 2015 beckons with the sport seeking to start this year afresh.
It was quite clear from the faces of the affiliates that they want the old committee to account and answer for the misdeeds of the past. Among the contentious issues raised at the meeting was the alleged poor governance that became a daily thing during the reign of Bathai who has a 26 year record with the sport.
The angry affiliates questioned how some decisions were taken without their blessings for go-ahead – including among others the establishment of the BOKA trust. The meeting was attended by among others, former presidents Gift Nkwe and Million Masumbika who went on to suggest that BNSC should crack the whip on those who had a hand in dismantling their lovely sport.
After hours of verbal sparring in the BOKA hall, the affiliates at last gathered and reached a consensus that Bathai’s failed committee that was in charge of the sport should be dismissed because it was dysfunctional. It was agreed that for the time being, pending elections, new interim committee be elected to stir the ailing karate ship and part of the new committee’s mandates is to draw up a calendar of events for this year and assemble national teams for preparatory games for continental showpieces like the All Africa Games.
The committee which is headed by David Mathe, also includes Montshwari Motlogelwa, Mpho Bakwadi, Lere Basupang and Sidney Maruping. Bathai’s committee has limped for a while especially after the earlier resignation of the likes of Basupang, Charles, Andrew Dobolo and Kemmonye Setlalemotse, but later Dobolo and Charles withdrew their resignations.
Although the BNSC and Falcon Sedimo led Commission of enquiry findings are still a closely guarded secret, the affiliates have vowed that they will quash any recommendation which disregard election of a new committee. On Saturday, this publication understands that the affiliates agreed on an initial date of February 14th as the date for the elections and already opinion leaders have started to hit the ground running by campaigning for their preferred candidates – who they think has the potential to take karate to new heights.
WeekendSport can reveal that two men are the favorites to take two influential seats within the sport. Mathe, who was supposed to enter the race alongside Masumbika and Bathai last year but pulled out in the last minute, is tipped for one of the posts, especially the presidency as he is said to be a great administrator and has good leadership qualities which the sport desperately need.
Another man who is touted for another top post is Bakwadi, who like Mathe features in the interim committee. Bakwadi’s technical knowhow of the game is a plus for him as the affiliates want a strong technical wing that should be led by a technically sound person more especially heading into hectic year.
This interim committee has received a warm welcome from the karate enclave as they believe that it is the beginning of good things to come to them this year. Insiders’ further project that the interim committee is likely to be reinstated in the office but only if they can prove their mettles in a space of roughly 20 days in the office.
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