The wait goes on

Daniel Chida

No BPF Elective Congress anytime soon

In his update to party structures and members this week, Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) President, Biggie Butale did not allocate any specific date to the much expected Elective Congress.

However Butale said that the party’s conference and Extra Congress will be held on the 29th April to 1st May 2023 where the agenda will look at the BPF Constitutional amendments, ratification on the BPF decisions to join the Umbrella for Democratic Change, BPF Primary elections and elections rules and regulations and possible dates of the elective congress.

The move not to hold the elective congress in April as initially planned diminishes former President Ian Khama’s ambitions of becoming the BPF President.

Last week, Khama confirmed that he was prepared and looking forward to the elective congress, where he was to contest for the party’s presidency, having been persuaded by some party members. Leading the pack to have Khama as BPF President is former Member of Parliament for Palapye, Master Goya who told a rally in Kalamare that Khama is the only person who is capable of bringing, peace and unity to the party.

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I spoke to Khama and pleaded with him to consider contesting for the party’ s presidency to bring about peace and stability. He is the only person who can help the party to stay away from troubles which nearly tore it apart,” said Goya during a rally in which he put Khama on call. Meanwhile, Butale confirmed to this publication that a date has not been set for the elective congress.

He said that initially the congress was scheduled for 2021 but failed due to the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions. Previously, Goya and Guma Moyo had confirmed their interest to contest for the presidency before Khama joined the band wagon.

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