BNF youth turn radical

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 17 February 2015   |   By Keitse Kgosikebatho
Arafat Khan and Makatane addressing the press on BNFYL mandate for this year Arafat Khan and Makatane addressing the press on BNFYL mandate for this year PIC: Ricardo Kanono

The Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) has vowed to revive its legacy of being a game changer by starting to be more hands on and proactive in their quest to challenge the ruling party’s way of doing things ahead of the 2019 general elections. At a press briefing in Gaborone on Monday, BNFYL Secretary General Arafat Khan said they want to bring about change, which he says  is long overdue. “We are returning to the radical, youthful and vibrant youth league that we have been known to be over the years,”said Khan .
For his part BNFYL President Kemmonye Makatane said in view of the recent developments in the country  they saw it fit  to share their position  on some topical issues that affect  the nation. The issues includes the 2014 General Elections, the presentation of the national Budget, abuse of  the government media and rampant corruption and maladministration.“Majority of BNF members are young people. They can make or break the party, so it is imperative that the BNFYL become as relevant and visible to its members as possible,” said  BNFYL member for  legal Affairs Joram Matomela.
In a statement, the youth league said in an effort  to intensify  their efforts towards 2019, the BNFYL  has seen the need  to revive structures across the country. “We have resolved to engage  in two phases towards ensuring that we reach the length and breadth of this country to sell the message of the UDC. To this end from the 28th  June 2015 we shall tour and hold regional conferences as well as electing  regional committees in Kweneng , Ghanzi , Kgalagadi, Southern region and South Central region,” he said, adding that the purpose of these meetings will be to meet with members and organise structures to enable them to campaign for the party effectively.
The second phase of the tour will start on August 29 , and will cover the north and north central region. while the North West and Boteti areas will be toured from the 26th of September 2015. The youth league will thereafter hold a special congress in Kang  on the 6th of November 2015, to review and adopt the BNFYL constitution.

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