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Rollers outcasts turn to Chief Justice

The case in which Mookodi Seisa and others are trying to wrestle back Township Rollers club control from directors Somerset Gobuiwang and Jagdish Shah has taken an upward trajectory as the case has now reached the highest office of the honourable Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo, WeekendSport has learnt.


The group, through their attorneys have written a letter to Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo seeking advice on the matter that has dragged on for almost two years now. The Group is of the view that Judge Leatile Dambe, who is presiding over the case, is delaying justice. The group is accusing High court Judge, Dambe of taking an “unreasonable period of time to deliver judgment in this instant matter”.


The group approached the court for legal redress following a fall out after the directors changed the club status from a society to a company. The chief financier, Jagdish Shah and Gobuiwang were subsequently appointed as directors of the company, each owning a 40 % share of the company, Township Holdings.


It is observed that the group which has also notified Township Rollers attorneys, Ngakaagae and company has been pushing for the judgement to be delivered from far back as 2014, although they are aware of the pressing issues that might delay Dambe to act according to their pace.


They submit that an order was made on July 4TH 2014, that a judgement shall be delivered on the 5th of September of the same year. This was after the two parties (Ngakaagae and Serole attorneys) pleaded with the High Court to set the earliest date for the sole reason that the Botswana Premier League(BPL),which the first respondent plays in, will soon end, therefore it will be the best interest of all the parties that the matter be heard and determined earlier.


According to the letter, there has been no communication from the court as to when judgment will be heard on the matter since the since the 5th September 2014 postponement when the court registrar called the applicants’ representatives on the 4th of September 2014, to inform them on behalf of Dambe that the judgment was not ready for delivery.

“Since that time, no judgment day had been communicated to us until sometimes in May 2015 when the underwriter paid Her Ladyship a courtesy visit, the purpose of which was to inquire when the judgment would be delivered. The response from Her Lordship was that, it would be soon,” the letter reads.


The lawyers also bluntly state that their clients preferred a government writ (known as writ of Mandamus) against Dambe but they refrained from obtaining it before his (Chief Justice) anticipated intervention.


However, information turned out by this publication points out that the honourable Chief Justice has received the letter and has promised to respond.

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