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Chiefs’ date with destiny!

Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ control wars continue as the two warring factions are expected to argue their case before Judge Tebogo Tau at Lobatse high court next week Wednesday (October 26).

The applicants are led by Tsieng Ramocha – a newly voted chairman; while respondents include the old chairman Ernest Molome.  Ramocha’s team is represented by Kambai attorneys while Molome’s committee leans on the brains of MC Bain Kaang Attorneys.

According to court documents seen by this publication, the applicants challenge the issue of a trust formed by the sitting committee chaired by Molome. Papers reveal that Ramocha’s committee, among others, challenges the legitimacy of the sitting committee. They argue that Molome’s group has been in office since June 2011. Ramocha’s team is ticked off by the fact that the club’s constitution has been flouted as it states that “elections should be held annually”.

They also argue that the club’s constitution does not give provision that affairs of the society can be administered by the trust. According to other reports, the Molome led committee formed a trust and has acknowledged to have dissolved the society. This proved to be  misleading information as the department of Civil and National Registration wrote to the sitting committee on 11th November 2015 that, “since you failed to submit needed documents, the club(society) was not dissolved and it maintained its registration status with Registrar of Societies”.

Various communications also corroborated the fact that the society is still functional. Botswana Football Association confirmed that indeed the Kgatleng giants are affiliated to them as a society.

Ramocha‘s committee also contends that the name, logo and the team belongs to the society, and therefore a trust cannot use them.

Reports suggest that even the registrar of societies has failed after various attempts to broker peace between the two groups. At best, the registrar, Eric Ditau, has acknowledged the existence of the two committees and has referred the matter to a higher structure known as Council of Arbitration. However, the said structure is yet to fully function, Ramocha’s committee proceeded to court as a last resort.  

On the other side, the sitting committee who are the defendants are expected to argue that the newly voted in committee has slept on their rights to challenge the club’s proceedings. They are of the view that formation of a trust enabled them to hold different positions while running the Kgatleng outfit. In fact, the Molome led committee says they have since affiliated to BFA, as a trust and records are available for proof. The respondents are on other hand arguing that they are ready to defend their case without quivering. The sitting committee is steadfast in their insistency that Mochudi Centre Chiefs is registered as a trust. They however confirmed that there are indeed two recognised societies at the Registrar of Societies.   

Developments that led to there being two recognised societies points to one administrator sleeping on the job at the department of Civil and National Registration. It appears, from available records that the Ramocha led committee after assuming powers, filed and submitted the society’s annual returns on the 7th of October 2015. However on the 24th of October 2015, the sitting committee also submitted their returns. As common procedure, the second submissions should have not been accepted.

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