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MacD eyes BALA presidency

Publishing Date : 12 January, 2015


MacDonald Peloetletse wants to be BALA president

The Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) will go for its elections on 20th January 2015 and it is evident that Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) heavy weights will slug it out for the top positions of the Association.

MacDonald Peloetletse is challenging incumbent, Rev Mpho Moruakgomo for the presidency of the Association. “Yes, I have availed myself for election as president of BALA,” said Peloetletse. He has put together a strong team for the contest. Motlhophi Leo of Kweneng District Council seeks to deputise Peloetletse while Peter Williams, the Central District Council (CDC) chairman is running for treasurer position.

James Kgalajwe of Francistown City Council will be the project officer. It is evident that Peloetletse’s team boasts of councillors who have at one stage been mayors or council chairpersons and it has vowed to modernise BALA and represent the aspirations of councillors.

Peloetletse told this publication that he wants to advance welfare issues of the councillors through BALA as president. He said he trusts that he has a strong team that will be all ears to handle issues at BALA. Sources indicate that the strong vote from the Central District, Francistown, North East, and Kweneng region, Peloetletse’s team may just white wash Moruakgomo.

The purpose of BALA is to help create an enabling environment for the Councils to become credible and recognised partners of central government and the private sector in the development process. BALA seeks to provide a forum for networking, advocacy, lobbying and capacity building to strengthen the local authorities in Botswana, reads in part the organisation’s mission on its website.

Moruakgomo has also confirmed that he will be defending his position. But he declined to share the names of members of his team. He has already had running battles with many councillors especially with a money scheme that was organised in collaboration with an insurance company. The money that the councillors had been contributing through the scheme is lost because the scheme was terminated.

BALA was formed in 1983 as a vehicle to drive the promotion of unity, solidarity and cooperation among local authorities. The organisation's founders envisioned BALA playing a key role in building a strong, democratic and development local government in Botswana.

With a membership constituted by councillors and chief executives of councils as well as councils themselves as corporate members, BALA has struggled over the years to gain the recognition it deserves and to claim an influential role in national affairs, Peloetletse intends to change all by motivating for proper recognition of BALA.

The ruling BDP’s numerical advantage usually tilts the scales in favour of its candidates at BALA. In this race, candidates who have so far shown interest are all aligned to the ruling party and it is likely that Moruakgomo’s camp could try and solicit opposition votes.



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