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Senior School teachers at the mercy of CoA Judges

Teachers at senior Secondary Schools are waiting with abated breadths the outcomes of Court of Appeal case in which they are challenging the discriminatory policy of application of Levels of Operations (LOO) on teachers.

As it stands only teachers at Primary and Junior Schools are entitled to LOO scheme against their counterparts at senior Schools. LOO is a remuneration dispensation which seeks to promote social labour justice by recognising the need to level the paying structure of a more or less homogenous value chain job, so that no cadre is disadvantaged.

The LOO scheme was approved and implemented in 2013 and it is meant to review the salary grades of all teachers and to align them with general practice elsewhere in the public service. Elijah Mlambo and Moleti Raletsatsi have taken government (Ministry of Basic Education and the Attorney General’s Chambers) to Court over discriminatory treatment occasioned by failure of government to extend the Levels of Operation (LOO) to them on the pretext that the “LOO” was not meant to benefit teachers at primary and junior schools.

The Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) has indicated that unlike other teachers, senior teachers at primary schools should go through job evaluation assessment before a decision can be made whether or not to extend Levels of Operation (LOO) scheme to them.

Through applicants Elijah Mlambo and Moleti Raletsatsi which are both teachers at government school, the case landed in court whereby the duo was challenging what they termed the ‘discriminatory’ LOO scheme. High Court then ruled in their favour. However the matter was then appealed by the then Ministry of Education and Skills Development.

In the appeal case currently before CoA and awaiting judgement, the government contends that the policy was formulated with the objective of closing the gap between teachers at lower schools and those at senior schools where such teachers hold the same qualifications, and go on to state that the policy “expressly excluded teachers at senior schools since they were deemed to be already better placed than their colleagues at lower levels.”

The substance of the case is to challenge the exclusion of Senior Secondary School teachers from the application of “LOO” and as such, if the panel of judges would hold in favour of the two teachers, the judgment would extend to all teachers in senior schools who faced the same predicament. The case is supported by Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) and the union has acquired the services of Advocate Denis Mark Antrobus from South Africa while government is represented by the Attorney General.  Judgement on the 28th July.

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.

According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.

“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.

The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.

Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.

“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’

They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.

In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.

UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.

The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.

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