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Ramotlhwa rejects BFA expulsion

Publishing Date : 28 October, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

The 1ST Vice President of Botswana Football Association (BFA) Segolame Ramotlhwa is said to have laughed off the latest decision to expel him as the assistant to Mac Lean Letshwiti, the BFA president.


It is said that Ramotlhwa does not take the decision serious and has categorically argued that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has no powers to suspend or expel him. WeekendSport however could not thoroughly establish Ramotlhwa’s grounds of argument. The spirit of brother-hood at BFA fell apart almost a year ago when Ramotlhwa was seen to be always against NEC’s decisions.  The former Notwane chairperson was accused of sleeping with the enemy and has gone to an extent of exposing BFA‘s confidential information to third parties.


 It is said that Ramotlhwa, as things began to fall apart, reported the association to Tshekedi Khama, the former Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development. BFA is said to be livid over Ramotlhwa’s actions and argued that he delayed their progress. Most notably, the association said the issue of building a football academy could have long been dealt with had Ramotlhwa refrained from passing information to Tshekedi. For far too long, Ramotlhwa who is the ‘common factor’ of  BFA presidency, has been sidelined by the emergency committee of the association.


He is the common factor because he has assisted all past BFA presidents but always left under dubious circumstances. He assisted Dikgang Makgalemele, David Fani, Tebogo Sebego and now Mac Lean Letshwiti. The emergency committee comprised of Letshwiti, the president and Marshlow Motlogelwa as the second Vice President. Ramotlhwa, of course, was third member. But what broke the camel’s back was when Ramotlhwa refused to agree with his members when the association prepared to call an extra ordinary general assembly.


The main agenda of that assembly was to discuss financial report and also the issue of tenure for members standing for elections.  Ramotlhwa wrote, “I acknowledge, with utmost shock, communication regarding the alleged submission from Central South RFA which is not only highly procedural but completely unconstitutional.


Furthermore, the issue of the desire by certain members to unprocedurally and unconstitutionally extend their term of office was discussed at this year's BFA Ordinary Assembly held on 10 August 2019 where the Assembly was properly guided that the right/logical effective date of all the proposed amendments to the BFA Constitution shall only be once the Amended Constitution has been approved as a legal and operating document by the Registrar of Societies.


Those currently holding positions at various structures were voted in by their respective constituents on the understanding that they were going to serve for 2 years; thus 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.


In fact, it would be a serious conflict of interest and highly unprocedural and unethical for people to vote to extend their own terms of office instead of going back to their respective appointing authorities to seek fresh mandates. I challenge those behind this to produce evidence that they have a mandate to argue in the manner proposed from their respective constituents at properly constituted respective Assemblies; this is a self-serving agenda and it is highly unethical.” It is not clear where the saga will end but BFA says it has made its decision.

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