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Why Kemoeng is suspended

Just over a week ago, Botswana Football Association booted shrewd sports administrator, Kitso Kemoeng from his plum post and replaced him with Susan Lawrence, the sport administrators were however not prepared to divulge reasons as to why Kemoeng was set aside, and instead gagged the media from inquiring about the ordeal. WeekendSport however, has information to the effect that, Kemoeng flouted various procedures and also let sums of money disappear under his watch.

Kemoeng, while CEO, is alleged to have allowed lawlessness to rule, while he used misguided logic and took for granted set procedure. This according to sources dragged football against the grain of progression and commercialisation which the country is struggling to achieve.

A probe carried out by this publication also reveals that there is also an assortment of accusations branded on Kemoeng but three major charges are bound to crucify him. The former Chief Executive Officer of Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) is accused of undermining his National Executive Committee (NEC) following quite a number of procedures having been conducted without the committee’s input.

It appears the first sensitive issue is with regards to one of the association’s football sponsorship deals. The sponsor, who is known to this publication’s cannot be disclosed for their own protection. A confidential report says that Kemoeng, under the supervision of past BFA president, Tebogo Sebego, engaged an agency to negotiate terms of the sponsorship that would later re-commit to the new deal. The name of the consulting company will also be undisclosed. It is alleged, during the deal, that the NEC was kept in the dark of developments, and further information suggests that the consulting agency was paid close to P500 000 as commission.

In another charge, Kemoeng is accused of having employed certain individuals, albeit with a restructuring exercise being underway. He is said to have employed his Personal Assistant willy-nilly and also creating out of the blue, a post for Executive Assistant. The latter post was crafted when Thabo Ntshinogang was asked to hold a fort at Botswana Premier League (BPL) as acting Chief Executive Officer pending the conclusion of matters surrounding the suspension of Bennett Mamelodi. This, according to information put more strain in the depleted BFA coffers.

The third charge, reports say, is somewhat linked with the second charge. It is reported that sometimes this month, Kemoeng approved that a C-licence course be held at Orapa. It is said money (to run the course to the end) unfortunately got depleted along the way. The association, as a means of recovery had to move the course back to Lekidi football centre, but his decision appears to have left the new regime fuming.

Kemoeng is said to have already replied to the accusations, throwing the ball back inside BFA court.

Efforts to solicit comment from him hit a snag as repeated calls were continually cut. But when speaking with this publication a week before his fall, he said, he did not want to discuss relations with his NEC, but however admitted to a have a good working relationship with his principal, Mac Lean Letshwiti. ‘‘As far as I am concerned, Letshwiti is a good man, a man of integrity and we are in good terms. He continued, ‘‘I have not heard of any ouster plot and as far as I am concerned I am working with this leadership.’’

Kemoeng acknowledged the issue of C licence course held at Orapa and took the blame upon himself. ‘‘ Yes of course the course was held at Orapa but there was a short sight on account of money, and I am still investigating how it might have happen of which i shall submit the report to my principals,’’ he said.

Kemoeng whose other name is Kagiso was hired in July 2015. He was in the run with former Township Rollers and Premier League chairman Walter Kgabung together with former Botswana Railways (BR) Chief Executive Officer, Taolo Sebonego. It came as no surprise when Kemoeng emerged the winner from the three-horse race. Although Sebonego is said to have shown a great deal of corporate language, his only undoing was putting together a footballing argument.

Sebonego’s disadvantage, according to reports, was that he is not knowledgeable about the game although he can learn quickly from his employers. Having led BR at some point, Sebonego did prove his mettle despite having to leave at some point. With a number of blunders and past failures at the hands of the chief executive officers at Lekidi, the panel did not want to start trying out new combinations and a decision to hire Kemoeng was seen to be in the interest of dousing flames from government around how the BFA manages its affairs.

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