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MoESD permanent secretary faces detention


Francistown Industrial Court judge Justice Christian Diwanga has recommended that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Richard Matlhare be arrested for contempt of court.

Diwanga made the recommendation when delivering a ruling in a case in which Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) had sued the education ministry over back pays for lecturers at the Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education (FCTVE) last Wednesday.

This comes after the government failed to fulfil its commitment to pay FCTVE lecturers their back pays running into millions. The government has failed to honor its commitment for the second time.

Last Wednesday, Diwanga who presided over the matter with a nominated member from the union in Wabo Chakalisa ordered that Matlhare be held in contempt of court.

Furthermore, Diwanga ordered that Matlhare be directed to purge the contempt within fourteen days of the order by complying strictly with the industrial court’s instruction, dated 20 October 2014.

“Failing compliance with the order (made last October), the registrar of the Industrial Court is hereby directed to issue a warrant of committal against Matlhare upon an affidavit being furnished to him by the applicant and or its legal practitioners,” the court heard.

Diwanga further ordered the registrar of the industrial court to direct any competent officer of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) to immediately arrest and detain Matlhare for a period of thirty days whenever he may be found in Botswana.        

In August this year, the government bowed to BOPEU pressure and reneged on its earlier decision not to comply with the Francistown Industrial Court judgment delivered in the union’s favor last October.

Acting on behalf of its members who are lecturers at the FCTVE, BOPEU instituted legal proceedings against the government for not upgrading the lectures in accordance with the elevation of the learning institution into a diploma offering school.



Through their lawyer, David Olatotse, BOPEU had argued that following the upgrading of FCTVE from a certificate to a diploma offering institution, its members who were posted to the college as lecturers ought to have been remunerated at the salary scale for lecturers at a diploma offering body.  â€¨â€¨

BOPEU’s claim was based on the Public Service Management (PSM) directive Number 21 of 1993 on the Scheme of Service for second and third level education in the lecturing cadre.

In terms of the statement of the case, the relief sought by the union is for the upgrading to the post of lecturers at a diploma offering institution and for back-pays, being the difference between the said salary scales from the dates of their assumption of duties at FCTVE.

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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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