Botswana FA upcoming elective assembly claims first causality

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Mpho Tebele

Gaborone - Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s upcoming elective assembly which is scheduled for next year is expected to leave a trail of victims behind when the dust finally settles.

As jostling for positions in the BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) intensifies many heads are expected to roll. BFA has already pulled the trigger on its first vice president Segolame Ramotlhwa by relieving him of his duties.

In a statement, BFA informed its members, stakeholders and partners that the National Executive Committee at its meeting held on 8 October 2019 resolved to provisionally remove the First Vice President Ramotlhwa from the NEC.

The NEC further resolved that the second vice president, Marshlow Motlogelwa be appointed as the acting first vice president.

Masego Ntshingane, an NEC member responsible for technical and youth development, was appointed the acting second vice president.

“All this was done in terms of Article 40 of the Botswana Football Association constitution. The removal is provisional pending ratification by the general assembly,” reads the statement.

Ramotlhwa, who is regarded as one of the country’s seasoned administrators in football circles, was unable to comment saying he was still weighing his options. There are unconfirmed reports that he was likely to challenge his dismissal.

Reports also indicated that Ramotlhwa, who has been part of the BFA administration for quite some time, was kicked out after  he opposed a motion by some structures of the BFA which would have seen the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti consolidating his support base to retain the BFA presidency.

According to local media reports, Ramotlhwa’s transgression also follows his decision to author an email to all delegates for the extraordinary general assembly in which among other things, he lobbied the delegates to reject and vote against the motion in question by a bona fide BFA member. The motion was tabled by the Central South Region Football Association (CSRFA). The motion sought to increase the term of office by two years which meant the regional leaders elections would have been in 2022. Reports further indicate that had the motion was passed by the BFA president who is alleged most regional leaders ‘support’ will be sure of their vote in next year’s BFA elective assembly.

Letshwiti and his rival, Tebogo Sebego, have shown interest in contesting next year’s elections.

It is reported that Ramotlhwa was opposed to the motion which he said was not procedurally and constitutionally tabled by Central South Football Association. Ramotlhwa, who was also the chairperson of the statutes committee wrote to the regions opposing the motion and guiding the regions (assembly) why it should not be discussed nor adopted.

He reportedly told his colleagues both at the NEC and the regional leaders that the regional leaders were voted into office with expectations that they would serve two years in office. “Those who want to continue beyond that period or under the proposed new term of office must constitutionally go back to their respective structures to seek fresh mandates. it would be a serious conflict of interest and highly unprocedural, immoral and unethical for you as delegates to the extra general assembly, to vote to extend your own terms of offices instead of going back to your respective appointing authorities to seek fresh mandates. This is a self-serving agenda and it is immoral and highly unethical,” he observed.

 

 

 

 

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