The interim executive of Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) has its work well cut out – to return the association to normalcy and have it elect new formal executive.
Interim President David Mathe has announced that the activities of the association are now to resume. They have been given two months by the assembly to make sure that they achieve certain things, in which the foremost thing is for them is to hold the elections. March 31st has already been set aside for elections.
Mathe said he is now charged with making sure that he restores order in the organisation. Things started getting messy last year at the organisation when four of the members resigned who were Public Relations officer Andrew Dobolo, Treasurer Bontle Charles, Vice President Administration Lere Basupang and Vice Secretary General Kemmonye Setlalemotse. Although Dobolo and Charles later rescinded their resignations, things never got to be the same again. The ousted president Tshepo Bathai never believed that the association faced problems though some people decried the direction the code was taking.
Mathe has been in the BOKA committee for 15 years, and has served in all positions apart from that of the president. He said he is very much aware of whatever that is going on but can’t blame that on misuse of funds as some would put it, since there is no how the money can be taken and without being accounted for from the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC).
He said at the moment he and his interim committee are charged with making sure that they initiate the vision to amend the constitution because there are a lot of things that are not very clear in the constitution. Mathe said with him being someone that has contributed immensely when the constitution was drafted, it is now that they realise that a lot of things need to be amended. He said they have to kick-start the programmes in the karate calendar.
“We have major all Africa Youth Games and we hope we will be ready to participate because right now the athletes are definitely rusty. You will find that a lot of them have even gained weight,” Mathe said.
He said in the first meeting that they had with their affiliates they urged them to start strict training programmes since they will have two tournaments in February. Mathe said they will handle the administrative issues on a day to day basis and let the media know about any process that they will engage in. He expressed confidence that with the two months that they have, he is sure that everything will be in order.
“I know problems in karate because I have been there. I can’t say that I have magic but with the team that I have we will be able to deliver,” he said.
On infightings in the executive committees, Mathe said the main problem is that people forget their mandate, which is serving their affiliates. He referred to that as the main root cause of their problems because the affiliates complained that they were not listened to by the ousted executive committee. Mathe said he would not mind standing in for the presidency if nominated since affiliates are the ones who nominate. He said he is pretty sure that he could be able to handle the problems of karate and help grow it. The interim committee includes Secretary General Montshwari Motlogelwa, Programmes coordinator Mpho Bakwadi, Treasurer Lere Basupang and Additional Member Sidney Maruping.