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BCP youth league rejects Saleshando suspension

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The Botswana Congress Party Youth League (BCPYL) President, Tlhabologo Furniture has said they are against the suspensions of the Botswana Congress Party President who is also a Leader of Opposition (LOO), Dumelang Saleshando and his Secretary General Goretetse Kekgonegile from the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

The suspension came after the UDC National Executive committee (NEC) took a decision to suspend the duo from the party after they refused to apologize for “tarnishing the name and image of the UDC.” Furniture, who will see his term coming to an end this month, indicated that the suspended officials have not received their suspension letters yet.

“Now we are wondering if it is an oral suspension without a need to write it down, but we believe that anything done must be written down and done by the right procedure,” he said. Furniture  stated that they are glad that Saleshando and his counterpart have decided to challenge the suspension at  court  as it is unlawful, stating that they will support them throughout.

“The BCP is a member within the UDC, individually we are not UDC members. Therefore, if the UDC is not happy about an individual within the party, it can rebuke that person through the BCP not UDC taking actions against that person. So that action is not in line with the constitution of the party,” he said.

He stated that the President of the UDC Duma Boko continues to take actions and make some decisions that are not right, and they believe that such actions are the ones that are breaking the UDC apart.

He said Boko has also made mistakes before, stating that after the 2019 elections he took a decision alone to take petitions to court when the NEC did not sit down to talk and agree on that action of which after a while some UDC member were faced with unnecessary legal bills to settle but to date, there have been no actions taken against him.

“If at all what Saleshando and Kekgonegile have done was very bad to deserve the suspensions, Boko must also suspend himself for taking a sole decision to petition at court without consulting party members,” he said.

He further urged members and all party structures of the BCP to stand with the party leadership during this trying time when they are faced with the suspensions, and they must stand against an abusive procedure being practised.

“Such things are drawing us back as the UDC as we have observed the ruling party President Mokgweetsi Masisi dancing up and down at Makgadikgadi Epic last weekend, he has observed that Boko’s intentions is to break us apart not to unite us as opposition parties.”

Furniture said as the opposition parties, they must work together diligently and honestly and have a leadership that can be admired and seen as people that want to change the government and make positive changes that will benefit the citizens. He also indicated that the UDC has long suspended the constitution, and they only use a single notorious section, being the transitional clause.

“The constitution states clearly that elections must be held every three years as evident from what we are currently doing here at the BCPYL, that is democracy, and we must be seen practising it,” he said. Furniture further said that what is happening in the UDC is very shameful, and they believe that things must be improved within the party.

Meanwhile, the suspended duo has decided to take the matter to court and demand their suspension to be withdrawn. Furniture also announced that the current Youth League will be stepping down as their three-year term that stated in 2019 will be coming to an end on the 15th of July and that they will host election for new youth league on the 16th of July at Mahalapye.

There are two lobbies led by Gobonamang Tlhangwane of One Direction and Ontlametse Letsholo leading the People’s Agenda team. The theme of this year’s congress is “Towards a Democratic and Accountable Alternative.”

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