Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) hosts an elective Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Saturday at Big Five Lodge – the first major meeting for the Moses Bantsi-led interim committee and affiliates in recent months. Bantsi took the helms of the association after mass resignation of executive committee members that led to the ouster of then president Thari Mooketsi.
Under Mooketsi, BAA affiliates used to struggle to come to agreements during their meetings, which led to quarrels and disruptions of proceedings.
However, since Bantsi took over the helm at BAA there have been signs of calmness within the association. “Now there is stability and peace within BAA I do not see us having the problems that we used to have because Bantsi has done a good job to stabilise the association,” said a source, who did not want to be identified. The source said he does not want to be seen as trying to influence the voting of others.
Bantsi is standing for elections as President. He is facing competition from former BAA treasurer Phaphane Botlale and Adam Letham. A number of people within BAA foresee an easy victory for incumbent president.
The Vice Presidency race pits Kenneth Kikwe and Glody Dube against each other. Dube is the incumbent while Kikwe is the former additional member of the executive committee.
Former Secretary General Legojane Kebaitse is looking to bounce back to his old position and takes on Tshepo Kelaotswe. Just like Kikwe, Kebaitse resigned from committee last year in protest of the running of the association at the time. This is the only position that will see new contenders as the incumbent Patrick Moesi will not be defending his position. The position of vice secretary general will be contested for by Olebogeng Oitebetse, Phemelo Matome and Annah Madisa while Brian Mosweu, Raymond Phale and Victor Watshipi will be battling it out for the treasurer post. Once again the incumbent public relations officer Ipolokeng Ramatshaba will face a fierce challenge from Thatayaone Lefatshe and Rowland Masalila. Lefatshe gave Ramatshaba a run for his money in the last elections for the interim committee with the latter winning narrowly.
Additional members Mompati Ngwako and Moses Raphutshe are also looking to extend their stay in the committee. However, the two will have to stand the test from Masego Ramotlhagodi, William Mokwena and David Mangogola who are also eyeing the position.