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BFA caught in ‘vote rigging’

Pic: Oemelenna Mmanoko

BFA caught in ‘vote rigging’
May 23
10:06 2018

 

  • BFA questions three anti Letshwiti reps
  • They might not contest in regional elections
  • Association accuses them of soiling football

Botswana Football Association (BFA) Vice President Marshlow Motlogelwa is accused of vote rigging antics and vetting of his less preferred candidates ahead of the regional body elections to be held at the end of May.

It is alleged that Motlogelwa is busy alienating dissenting voices in the regional leadership which all come together under the mother body of football. This paper understands that an unorthodox strategy to question and subsequently expel three individuals was long hatched when the association learnt that they are anti-Maclean Letshwiti and his regime. Sources reveal that the head honchos at BFA are waiting to strike the iron when it is hottest- at election time. The three are reported to be confidantes of Letshwiti’s predecessor, Tebogo Sebego, who for some reasons is expected to try his fortunes again at Lekidi at the 2020 BFA congress.

First on the hit list is former BFA VP Olson Mantle, who is aiming to contest for Hukuntsi Regional Football Association chairmanship. His dream to contest this coming weekend is on a sticky-wicket as he will not be allowed anywhere near the perimeters of local football should he fail to convince BFA to let him stand for elections. His transgression, according to those in the know, is the accusations he leveled against the current leadership saying they bribed their way into assuming power in 2016. “He should show cause why he should not be suspended or expelled after his utterances on social media,” a source told Global Sports.

It is said that the hatchet is building pace to ultimately also cut down to size, one Isaac Mabutha who is regional football association (FRAFA) secretary general. Reasons as to why he is despised by the mother body are not yet clear except that he is said to be close to Sebego. The region under the stewardship of Maokaneng Bontshetse, played a king maker role in the ascension of Letshwiti to the association’s hot seat.

Chobe regional football association Secretary hopeful Themba Senyemba is also expected to bite the dust. His main undoing, according to sources, is receiving money from the area member of Parliament and failing to disclose to other committee members. This has prompted the association to intervene, pleading with the accused to disclose the money that was directed to football development in the region.

“This is all done to pave the way for the current regime to win the elections in 2020 without much hassle, so whoever is seen dissenting is routed out and this is bad for football,” said another source.

All the while, the involvement of Motlogelwa in the matter has raised eyebrows. It is argued that regional coordinator, Setete Phuthego should have been the one penning the letters, not a football politician like Motlogelwa. “What is the use of having a secretariat if politicians are meddling in administrative portfolios? This is the responsibility of Setete Phuthego, not Motlogelwa because he is too conflicted,” a source highlighted.

The regional elections are expected to be held before end of May, while some regions went for elections this past weekend.

Efforts to get a comment from Motlogelwa proved futile as his mobile phone rung answered. However twice he sent texts that read, “can I get to you later” but that never materialized by the time of going to print

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