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BOCONGO suspends Executive Secretary

BOCONGO Executive Secretary, Bagaisi Mabilo has been suspended.

  • ES declines to sign letter seeking more clarity
  • Charged with extending contracts of employees
  • Staff members to lose jobs in BOCONGO makeover

The Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organizations’ (BOCONGO) Executive Secretary (ES) has been suspended.

The ES, Bagaisi Mabilo was suspended for renewing contracts of stuff members who may be laid off as a result of the controversial and secretive organization’s transformation agenda.

WeekendPost has established that she resisted to sign the suspension letter on grounds that she be provided with resolution of the board at a closed meeting that decided to suspend her. She also demanded that the date of the letter be changed to reflect the meeting.  

According to the letter addressed to Mabilo, signed by BOCONGO Chairperson, Oscar Motsumi, a copy of which was passed to the WeekendPost: “the board of BOCONGO at a Special Meeting convened on July 14th 2016 has decided to suspend you from duty with immediate effect.”

Mabilo has been charged with “gross misconduct by failing to obey lawful instructions and orders contrary to section 26 of the Employment Act, Cap 47:01 Laws of Botswana,” and her “continued employment contracts for the employees whose contracts have ended.”

It is understood that the suspension emanated from a board meeting (retreat) held in Maun sometime early this year, where the board adopted a resolution that “BOCONGO will not renew all contracts of employment that were to end or ended in May 2016 and employees would be counselled to make or ensure a smooth exit.”

Instead Mabilo is said to have “continued employing the aforesaid employees and instead insisted that their salaries be paid.”  

The board further found her guilty of refusing or neglecting to implement its decision that she should facilitate, “the employment of a competent Finance Manager to replace the outgoing Finance Officer whose contract had ended.”
It further states that “the board had directed you to host a workshop for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on June 15th 2016 and you did not do so and instead chose to advance reasons that were in contempt of the board’s decisions.”  

However when reached for comment, Motsumi played his cards close to his chest and declined to confirm the suspension.

“Specific contractual matters between BOCONGO and its employees are confidential, therefore, they cannot be shared with unauthorized third parties,” he said in a brief response.

BOCONGO board is proposing a new strategy and direction for the organization, which will see new stuff being brought in as existing ones are seen as resistant to the change idea.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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