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‘Exploited’ WUC employees sue over unlawful variations

While the nation is decrying shortage of water in most areas including urban villages like Molepolole, Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) employees are tussling with their employer for ‘exploiting’ and threatening them with losing their jobs should they murmur.

A total of nine Principal Commercial Services Officers have last week Wednesday filed a notice before the Gaborone High Court for unlawful variations which are in breach of their contracts of employments. The plaintiffs are Kabo Maforaga; Dothodzo Chalashika; John Froese; Andrew Pule; Lesego Ikaneng; Motswaki Israel; Matongo Baatwweng; Tebogo Matswelenyane and Fenyang Samu.

According to the court papers, it was between October and November 2012 when the corporation unilaterally varied the scope of their work without their consent. Initially, the plaintiffs were responsible for one duty station, and the said change saw them working for two duty stations, thus increasing the scope of their work and authority. And were consequently given new job profiles, now broader in scope and responsibilities.

“The plaintiffs protested against the unilateral variation and were threatened by the then management as such that they risked losing their jobs and by extension, their livelihood. The plaintiffs’ supervisors, being the General Managers, were previously also unilaterally given two duty stations to head and upon protesting, they were compensated for the time they carried out the dual roles and then reverted to being responsible for one station,” states the court papers.  

The plaintiffs’ contention is that, by giving the General Managers compensation under similar circumstances, the corporation has violated the principle of parity by not extending the same benefits to them. The plaintiffs have despite their protests and the said treatment from their employer, continued to carry out the duties as assigned to them without any compensation for their added labour.

However, WUC contends that by their conduct in continuing to work, the plaintiffs accepted the variation of their contracts. The corporation filed a special plea in October last year to the effect that the plaintiffs  are prevented from instituting the present proceedings, alleging that by their conduct, they have waived their rights to sue. But, the plaintiffs argue that in law, claims that deal with remuneration prescribe six years after the termination of employment. The applicants are represented by Uyapo Ndadi of Ndadi Law Firm while the defendant is represented by Salbarny & Torto Attorneys.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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