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Boitekanelo College fires Vice Chancellor under a cloud

President and founder of Boitekanelo College Dr. Mampane

Local health education institution, Boitekanelo College which prides itself as the core health care educator, has inexplicably sacked its Vice Chancellor Professor, Omur Cinar Elci, barely before completion of his probationary employment period and without notice.

The management has decided to let him go as early as 31st May 2016 – which will be his last day at work – he however will be kept on the pay roll for the next three months during which he will still be in the country.

On his way out, the VC will be followed by College Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Tuduetso Tebape; and Human Resource Director, Ishmael Diphoo who have also been shown the door under suspicious circumstances.

Professor Elci joined the College in March 1st, 2016 taking over from the institution Group founder Dr. Tiro Mampane.

“Management hereby informs you of its decision to terminate your employment contract with Boitekanelo College as its Provost and Vice Chancellor,” a letter directed to Professor Elci and seen by WeekendPost confirmed the sacking.

A native of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, in Europe, Elci it is expected will go back to his country in August.

While details surrounding his sacking are still sketchy, sources at the College already point a finger at the president and founder of College Dr. Mampane, citing his “management style”.

The youthful and flamboyant Mampane is accused of mismanagement and maladministration of the health care institution, and firing of employees particularly without giving reasons as is the case with Elci, Tebape and Diphoo.

“The real problem is his management style,” a source at the College said.

According to the letter, signed by Dr.Mampane, the decision to terminate Elci’s contract (and others) is pursuant to section 20 subsection 2 of the Employment Act chapter 47:01 relating to probationary period in terms of his employment contract.

The said section states that: “where a contract of employment is terminated during a probationary period by either the employer or employee under section 18 or 19 by not less than 14 days' notice, the contract shall be deemed, for the purposes of this Part, to have been terminated with just cause and neither the employer nor the employee shall be required to give any reasons therefore.”

The College has now offered the Professor 3 months’ salary in lieu of notice instead of the contractual one, and payment of the fare for one way business class flight for him and his family back to his home country/city.

In a telephonic interview with WeekendPost on Thursday, Dr. Mampane confirmed the expulsion of Professor Elci, however insisting that it was a mutual agreement.

“Yes it’s true we are parting ways with the Vice Chancellor but we do so in a gentleman way agreement,” he explained. He however would not be drawn into discussing the firing of the other 2 employees at the College.

He continued: “disagreement between the management and employees will always be there as it’s the norm in most organisations. I will be lying if I say we are an exception or that things are smooth running at the institution,” he asserted.

Professor Elci’s appointment, as Provost and Vice Chancellor of Boitekanelo was widely announced end of February this year. He was introduced as a “seasoned academician” who “brings to the College 30 years of primary health, global public health, epidemiology, and occupational health experience; as well as over 20 years research and teaching experience.”

As Boitekanelo College Provost and Vice Chancellor, Professor Elci took the lead “in steering the College towards its future as an African center of excellence in healthcare education with high global quality standards and towards becoming a University which produces high quality healthcare professionals serving Botswana, the region as well as the world,” the College spoke highly of Elci when he arrived earlier this year.    

In April, he also handed over 5 wheelchairs to Molepolole Scottish Livingstone Hospital and he was expected to donate 5 more wheelchairs to Kanye Seventh Day Adventist Hospital at a date that had yet to be confirmed.

He has a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Ege University, School of Medicine (1986) in Turkey, a Certificate of Occupational Health practice from Turkish Health Medical Association (1988), and a PhD in Public Health from Dokuz Eylul University (1997) in Turkey. He was also awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in occupational epidemiology from the US.

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