Boko is not UDC President - BMD
UDC PRESIDENT: Boko

People don’t like Pilane- Boko

In court documents of a case promising to be an explosive showdown between Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) President Duma Boko and Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President Sidney Boko, the BMD claims Boko is not a legitimate UDC President.

The BMD has submitted that the UDC since inception and registration of its constitution by the registrar of societies back in 2012 has never held a congress as provided for in its constitution nor has it ever registered any amendment of its constitution.

BMD in its papers say there has never been an election of the structures, “never elected any of the structures made provision for, in its registered constitution and never elected a President, any office bearers or other officers and therefore has none.”

“The body which purported to suspend and expel the BMD from the UDC styled itself as the NEC but it was and is not the national executive committee of the UDC as provided for in its constitution and has no power to either suspend or expel the BMD from the UDC,” reads the court documents.

The BMD further claims that they received a letter dated 26 September 2018 authored by Duma Boko purportedly as President of the UDC and purportedly on behalf of the NEC of the UDC suspending the BMD.

“The name of the UDC approved by the registrar in the letter dated 20th June 2012 was the brainchild of the BMD, as it was the UDC itself and the need for it,” argues BMD.

The BMD further argues amongst other things that the umbrella party did not give them any notice.

“The BMD was not given notice of and was not invited to, either the meeting of 25 September 2018 at which the decision to suspended it was made nor that of 25 October 2018 at which the decision to expel it was made. The UDC-in particular whoever took the decision was obliged to give such notice to the BMD,” reads court documents.

The BMD further argues it was entitled to be given notice of and to participate in meeting and decision of the UDC.

The BMD in their argument also argue that there was no quorum.

“Even if the meeting of 25 September 2018 was lawful meeting of the UDC’s NEC, which could exercise the power to suspend an require the BMD to show cause and it emphatically was not, it lacked the requisite quorum, as provided for in article 13.4 of the constitution.”

NOT AMUSED: Pilane

For their part the UDC, through Boko argues that the BMD has become a difficult lot to work with.

“Many times they would just ignore a task agreed on and then claim ignorance thereof. The BMD ignored all efforts to engage and unilaterally proceeded to field a candidate and ignore the BNF and BCP structures in the constituency. This soured relations in the constituency with the result that the members of the BNF and the BCP boycotted the campaign and the UDC suffered a huge and embarrassing loss,” reads the court document.

Boko in his statement also says that many people have approached him about their dislike for BMD President, Pilane.

For their part the UDC, through Boko argues that the BMD has become a difficult lot to work with.

“Many times they would just ignore task is agreed and then claim ignorance thereof. The BMD ignored all efforts to engage and unilaterally proceeded to field a candidate and ignore the BNF and BCP structures in the constituency. This soured relations in the constituency with the result that the members of the BNF and the BCP boycotted the campaign and the UDC suffered a huge and embarrassing loss,” reads the court document.

Boko in his statement also says that many people have approached him about their dislike for BMD President, Pilane.
The case will resume in August.

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