A Botswana Congress Party youth league lobby list dubbed Team Restoration has promised to restore the youth league back to its glory days once elected to office at the upcoming youth elective congress slated for Mmadinare from the 27th to the 29th of April.
Officially launching his lobby list in Francistown last week, presidential hopeful Pako Madigele noted that they want to make sure that the youth league becomes vocal again on issues of national interest. The current BCPYL president, Tebogo Molefhe ascended to the presidency after the departure of the outspoken Tumiso Chillyboy Rakgare who joined public service union, BOPEU. Since the departure of Rakgare many believe that the youth league is not vocal like it used to be. Madigele revealed that currently, the BCPYL is not where it is supposed to be and that is why they have taken the initiative to restore it back to its glory days.
The soft spoken Madigele’s lobby list is made up of Omphile Kebeileng (vice president), Itumeleng Gabatshabe (chairperson), Kagiso Tamocha (secretary general), Lucky Mance (deputy secretary general), Kenneth Nelson (publicity secretary), Kelebogile Kebaitse (treasurer), Grace Balule (secretary for women affairs), Goitseone Simon (secretary for arts and culture) and Victor Gabatshwane.
Madigele noted that they have assembled a team of capable and ambitious young people who are proficient in performing their duties diligently. “We envisage a youth league which is in the hands of the youth, a youth league which preaches and practices participatory democracy. We want to see a synergy in all party structures from the executive, down to the ward and cell level,” said the optimistic Madigele. He is of the view that if they are elected into office they will advocate for the inclusion of the youth in positions of leadership. According to Madigele, efforts have already been made to include the youth in positions of influence but they will continue to fight to ensure that more youth are there in representative roles such councillors and members of parliament.
Team Restoration has also promised to promote unity within the lime movement even during elections. Madigele emphasized that even though they will be contesting for positions with fellow party members at the elective congress, they still remain members of the same party hence unity should prevail at the end of the day. During his address Madigele avoided at all costs to attack his opponents maintaining that he will not outline the current youth league leader’s failures.
The youth league elective congress will be held under the theme: creating a sustainable future and empowering youth with better job opportunities.