Party President Duma Boko consolidated the party faithful at the Mahalapye Special Congress.
However, with a united party behind him, Boko will discover that with greater power comes greater responsibility, writes Correspondent LAWRENCE OOKEDITSE
When Duma Boko's
Executive Committee mutinied, the battle was now in full swing.
A special congress called:
before it, Mabiletsa resigned, Kanjabanga, representing some client whose views he
no doubt shared, tried to block the consideration of the Umbrella model at the special congress without success.
The special congress came, and with it a somewhat resounding mandate for Duma Boko
allies undoubted legitimacy.
Have they emerged with the soul of the BNF?
Worth considering is whether there were sufficient delegates to suggest broad based appeal of Boko's decisions so far.
Also whether the BNF dissidents were openly condemned by the delegates and if Boko's
leadership was resoundingly affirmed?
The answer to all these questions is in the affirmative.
emerged with the soul of the BNF.
From now on, he
is the undisputed sultan.
Even more important, what promised to be a bruising battle for the soul of the party ended in a damp squib short of the drama it had promised as some warlords did not even turn up, nor did their mercenaries.
Peace reigned largely due to three reasons: First, that Boko
is a redeemer of sorts for the BNF; a leader the party has not had for decades and that the BNF faithful still see him as the cadre that will rally all troops together and save the party.
The difference was the decisiveness with which Boko
was able to manipulate his
Lastly, restricting the agenda to largely the Umbrella model, Boko and his team were able to avoid going into debates that they did not really need to go into.
When Kanjabanga wrote a letter for his client to Boko over the agenda, it marked the realisation by that group that although their work had necessitated the Special Congress the agenda would be set by the other group.
Such a Mandelaesque forgiving gesture would present Boko
as something close to the messiah.
would be playing ball with God and those he
forgives will forever owe their lives to him.
This is an essential step because men must forever be held by some force - be it brutality, blackmail or outright compassion.
Their desires and ambitions make even the sweetest of people get manipulative; now, if they feel surrounded and vanquished they may just begin plotting all over again and you being the leaders forever have to be fanning off fires.
This necessitates a leader who is able to hold them all in awe.
explores the soft side of things, he
will become a monumental figure in the history of the BNF.
But again, he
could choose to use his
affirmed support to settle scores.
could choose to gloat about his
victory, let the other side of his
take over and indeed play King of BNF.
The special congress at Mahalapye has for now at least, given BNF a new lease of life; Duma Boko
more room to manoeuvre.