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BNF ‘S THINK TANK: Boko

Duma Boko promises to build not burn bridges
His campaign had been marred by controversies. He was accused of having forged his membership card and that he was a member of another opposition party. On the eve of the election congress, which was held in Mochudi over the President’s holidays, he was dragged before the High Court to answer something close to fraud charges by fellow comrades in their bid to bar him from ascending to the high office.
Just as the BNF members prepared to cast their votes on Monday, a special High Court hearing in Francistown sat to hear an urgent application to stop him from standing for the party presidency. He won it, as he did on Friday.
In short, it was a bitter battle to the end. Is Boko then, in a vengeful mood?
“I don’t suffer fools and I don’t hold grudges against anyone because my anger does not last long which therefore leaves no room for vengeance,” said the maverick youthful leader, who is best known for his human rights activism.
In a wide-range interview with The Voice on Wednesday, Boko revealed that his clear leadership qualities, his ability to clearly articulate issues, his fight for the rights of people and maybe his “outward appearance” worked in his favour despite “the dirty campaign” that was waged against him.

Q. Why did you decide to contest for the BNF presidency?
When an organization suffers great loss of credibility, when there is general demoralization of the organization and when political fortunes are on decline every loyal member must take responsibility for the state of affairs and that is exactly what I did. Sometime late last year I decided that I could not fold my hands and be idle while things were falling apart so I then considered that I should take over the party leadership. I then communicated my intentions to some members of the party and they encouraged me to ahead.

Q. Your presidential candidature was marred with controversy to the extent of your opponents seeking court intervention though they lost but still appealing. Why do you think it went that far?
There are some people in the party who think or who thought they are entitled to leadership and thus when I made my intentions of standing for presidency clear, they panicked and knew that with my kind of background they stood no chance of winning. They then started to look for issues that were not there to try and discredit me but unfortunately it did not work.

Q. But wasn’t there an element of truth in their allegations, and what was your involvement with NDF since it was alleged that you were one of it’s founding members?
I joined BNF in 1984 when I was 14 and has been a member since then, actually I have life membership. I know that the mentality that is out there is that when one is an active member of any party he must be heard making noise within the party and putting on party colours but that is not the case. I have for all my life been fighting for the rights of people including those at grassroots level which is what the BNF stands for.
What I also find interesting about the question of my membership is that in 2007 BNF asked me to be an additional member of the Central Committee but I refused due to work commitment. They later asked me to be Gaborone Central parliamentary candidate and I again declined. Now the very same people who were asking me to stand turned around and said I am not a member of BNF. Very funny indeed!
As for my involvement with NDF, I am friends, very close friends with the founding members of the party and I am not going to apologise for that.

Q. But what about the issue of your membership card, as there were allegations that you forged the card that you availed?
(Laughs) People are entitled to their opinions, if that’s what they thought or still think I have no problem with that that. The good thing is that the courts vindicated me and so did members of the BNF.
And again I must point out this case of membership cards has made me realize that our data system is very poor. If our records had been kept properly we wouldn’t have had all these problems. Now that I am the president these are some of the issue that I will make sure that they are resolved, we need to devolve power to lower levels.
Still on my membership card let me also mention that it’s not only once that I have lost my card and who knows I might lose it again so really it mustn’t be an issue.

Q. Now that you are the President of the party, what have you got to say to your opponents?
I believe they are now my former opponents, as I have already said I don’t hold grudges. It was their right to do what they did though I knew right from the beginning that it was a waste of time and money. But anyway I was impressed with the energy and zeal that they had in this matter and I hope they will now put that energy into good use for the betterment of the party.

Q. Your message to members of BNF and Batswana at large.
I want to assure party members that I will deliver to them a party with credibility, a party they can trust and be proud of and party that will work together with other opposition parties to ensure that 2014 marks the end of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) era.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Owaii bo Duma ga ba satlhole bana le di client jaanong go sielwa ko polotiking ko teng madi a mantsi thata teng. nna i dnt suopport you le fa ditlhopho ditla tlhoboga, BNF e tla busa fela tonki e sena go tlhoga dinaka.

  2. I’m realy impressed by the turn out of events. It realy shows what the truth is and that majority are in support of the new BNF president, thats how democracy works. God bless u all.

  3. Wena Monza o bua muruku fela, tswa mo go homeboy, he deserve that, o itseng wena, ka kenna ke go bona o le ko sgotti le batho ga o kake wa baetelela,Duma ke ngwana wa rona, fa o bona re mo tlhophile re lemogile fa a nale bokgoni jwa go re etlelela. O tla sala ho,,,,,Viva Dumsssssssssssssssss wa rona.

  4. I am convinced that you are a true leader. Do not spend your precious energy on those few guys, they wanted publicity. Fa kgang ya bone efela next year, o bo o baitswarela straight away, ba swabe. Ba gogela goselesele..ga ke itse gore ba bona dilo jang tota.

  5. Duma’s frnd lesa go buisa mmata wame matlakala….Monza kena le ene ko BMD.Mo ga bo BNF kego dia nako fela…gae kake yare bo Koma ba paletswe,a big guy who hld 5degrees obo ore Boko oka dira sengwe…are e kae kgang yaga Kalafatis?he has no comitmnt motho o wa lona….BMD viva!

  6. YAH. I THINK ITS GUD 4 BOTSWANA WA RONA, THIS IS WHAT OUR POLITICS HAV BIN WAITIN 4. UR NEXT STEP IS TO MIT MOTSWALEDI N SALESHANDO THEN TAKE US TO THE PROMISED LAND,LE ROBE JEKE.

  7. Whateva yr party affiliation we need guys like Duma in parly gore a kgapise banna ba bangwe sethito.i was begining to think he had gone soft.

  8. CONGRATS DUMS!!! THE PARTY IS BACK ON ITS FEET AND I IMPRESSED BY THE NEW CHANGES YOU ARE PROPOSING. RE EMETSE THE NEW WEBSITE. RE NE RE NGADILE MME I WANT TO REASSURE YOU GORE MA-BNF ARE BACK!!! YA DUMA BOTSWANA NATIONAL FRONT!!!

  9. congrats ma man,this is realy fantastic,what i want now is seeing u at the parliament with the likes of Ntuane,Dumelang,Modubule,Motswaledi etc u know,BRAIN POWER IN THE HOUSE!!!!!

  10. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD. FEW PEOPLE WILL CARE OF YO PRIVACY, THERE IS NO RESPECT IN THIS GAME. DON’T EVER TAKE ISSUES KA MAHATLHA COZ SEO ETLAABO ELE BOKHUTLO JW GAGO IN POLITICS. GOOD LUCK THOUGH, IN FACT NOT ONLY YA BUT TO YA’LL POLITICIAN, I HATE THE POLITICS GAME THOUGH, COZ THAT’S WHERE THE WORD HONEST NEVER EXIST.

  11. Owaii! BoVandi ba ga satani. Oa bo o batla go senya leina le le ntle la BMD coz a loyal and credible member of that Party who is sane and abrest with the current political news won’t say nasty things about BNF. Tswa motho ke wena ga o MoBMD. BMD needs and respect BNF than you want to make pple believe. Gape o sematla tswee-tswee. Cde BOKO ga se ene a rulaganyang dicase ko di kgotla tshekelo. Please go back to skolo. HA E DUMA EA TSAMAYA KOLOI YA FRANTA. PALAMA EA DUMA BOKO A GO KGWEETSE. VIVA FRONT VIVA!

  12. y’all stop yapping, talkin a whole lotta of nutting,if i didn’t hear yah u didn’t say nuttin coz iam the Boss!! yah heard!!

  13. uhu….!janong wena GetFilthyRich ware bothata keng?nvr heard of the wrd OPINION?wa makatsa waitse…rona re bua polotiki wena ore bolelela gore o Boss…gake bone gole botlhokwa gotlhelele,ao…!gao swabe.sisness….!

  14. GetFilthyRich ware Boss ya man o……….fa ga go boiwe ka di big size tsa ma catte fa.shut up!!!!

  15. Ntuane, Shaleshando and Duma, the A-Team, this is interesting, Domi ya thubega n opposition is befing up with youthful leaders( with merit) ekae professor ya msanzi e suggestileng gore mogae anele Khama, even baitseanape ba misa target sometimes

  16. yes tatoo,everyone has their political views and they have to be respected .the only that leads to civil wars ke political intolerance and hatred .the politicians must not put their political benefits before the benefits of the citizens

  17. very soon he will be looking older….This is politics. Ke mosianyana but just give him like 5 months………..