Red Cross Botswana has embarked on a legal battle as members drag their leader to court on allegations of constitutional violation. Towards the end of last year, Red-Cross Secretary General, Kutlwano Mukokomani, sent out an invitation for members to express interest in the National Executive Committee, to be elected on the 30th January 2021. These members were to be endorsed by their branches first.
Maipelo Mophuting, the applicant in this matter, expressed interest in the position of the President. Nelson Rammala who is also an applicant also expressed his interest in the position of the Second Vice President. The applicants believe that they qualify in terms of the constitution of the Botswana Red Cross Society to contest for these positions.
According to the Red-Cross constitution, the Secretary General has a constitutional duty to vet aspirants and release a short list two weeks before the elections. The list was released only 10 days before the elections, both Maipelo and Rammala became aware of the list eight days before the elections. Their names were not on the list and they immediately wrote letters seeking reasons why they were excluded.
Through their attorney Gomolemo Craig Mosetlha of Craig Law Consultants the complainants filed two urgent applications to interdict the elections of the positions they wished to contest for pending the resolution of their grievance in regard to why they had been excluded.
The Respondents were represented by Bonolo Itumeleng, a Partner at Bogopa Manewe Tobedza Attorneys, Bogopa Manewe Tobedza who successfully represented the IEC in the 2019 elections petitions which challenged the validity of the 2019 Botswana General Elections in some electoral constituencies. Both applicants emerged successful with costs and have been ordered to file an application for review or other relief no later than 7 court days from the date of the order.
In a founding affidavit, Mophuting on the 27th January 2020, received a reply from the Botswana Red-Cross Society who made her aware that she had been excluded from the elections on the basis that her submitted membership was for the Kgalagadi Division that constitutes the Kanye branch. According to the documentation of her submission time, the membership depicted was less than two years as an active member.
‘‘My attorneys will make the legal argument in respect of this point, but I would like to point out that so far as the requirements for the election of the president are concerned, the Constitution has stipulated, in an exhaustive manner, those requirements and the Division and branch reason is not one of them,’’ Mophuting said in her founding affidavit.
Mophuting and Rammala argue that they had met all the requirements to stand as candidates in the elections. However, according to the final nomination list, Gaseitsewe Motlamorago will run for the position of Presidency while Spencer Machwe will run for the Vice President 1 and 2 unopposed.
The Botswana Red Cross Society was first established in 1948, a branch of the British Red Cross. It was formally established as a National Society by an Act of Parliament and given auxiliary status to the government of Botswana in 1968. The mandate of the BRCS as stipulated in the Act is to complement Government work on Health, Social Services and Disaster Management. The Society, which is the largest humanitarian network, operates in 190 countries.
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