APYL President steps down

Daniel Chida

Alliance for Progressives Youth League president, Jacob Kelebeng will not be seeking a re-election when the party’s youth structure goes for this year’s congress.

The congress which was supposed to be held this month has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 regulations.

Although he refused to give reasons for his decision, Kelebeng confirmed to this publication that he was not defending his position. “When AP was formed two years ago, I was entrusted with the responsibility to lead the Young Progressives League as the President. It wasn’t an easy journey given the time frame towards general elections, but I believe we served the youth and entire Purple Movement with diligence. I think I have done my part and I have since taken a decision not to contest in the upcoming Youth League Congress,” he said.

Kelebeng further added that his decision does not mean he will be lost to politics. “I will continue as an activist or seek a more challenging position. I believe there are other capable youth who will be ready to take up the baton and continue from where I left.”

The party’s Secretary General, Phenyo Butale, confirmed Kelebeng’s departure from the the youth structure and commended him for his dedication. “He served the AP diligently as our founding Youth League President. His commitment to AP foundational ideals as well as his excellent work ethics has made our party, a leading voice for all progressive young people of Botswana. He successfully lobbied the party policy forum for a 50 percent quota for young people, women and other marginalised groups in our constitution”

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