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BPC, Workers Union tussle over localisation

Edward Rugoyi

A war of words has erupted between the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and the Botswana Power Corporation Union following the renewal of a work contract of the Morupule B general manager generation, Edward Rugoyi. BPC workers union main point of contention is that the post should have been localised since there are local citizens who are equal to the task.

Reports reaching this publication suggest that BPC renewed the work contract of Rugoyi when the two parties meet sometime this month. It is reported that BPC did not advertise the position – not even internally – to allow employees to apply for the position.

Responding to Weekend Post queries, BPC spokesperson Dineo Seleke confirmed the appointment of Rugoyi. “This note serves to confirm that BPC has extended the contract of general manager generation”.

She said his work contract has been extended for three years effective 1st May, 2022. She explained that the decision to extend the contract of the executive in question was based on strategic initiatives in order to realise the objective of the strategy.

She said regarding the issue of localization, the corporation has localisation policy which has seen a number of locals being developed to take up various roles including leadership positions in the corporation.

She argued that “the extension of general manager generation does not in any manner compromise or undermine the objective of the localization policy,” adding that contrary to reports, retaining experienced staff enables development of upcoming staff to be able to successfully take-up various positions in the corporation and this has been demonstrated over the period the executive in question has been employed by the corporation.

Seleke concluded that BPC would like to inform stakeholders that the extension of Rugoyi’s contract takes into account the value addition of individuals including developing and impacting of skills to staff. Contacted for comment, the secretary general of Botswana Power Corporation Union, Gaonaone Marumoagae said the union is not aware whether the contract of Rugoyi might have been renewed or not.

“As the union we are not aware of whether the work contract of Rugoyi might have renewed or not because BPC management has not informed us, “says Marumoagae. He stated that if the allegation is true, it will be very unfortunate and the management will have to explain why they decided to renew his contract and fail to consult us first before taking such a bold decision.

“Without any doubt there are so many local people that are suitable for the position even within the corporation itself. There are men and women who can be offered the opportunity to head the generation section”.

Rugoyi, a Zimbabwean national, joined BPC in the late 90s and rose up the ranks. Sometime last year around May, BPC dismissed one of its executives, Zwilithini Witbooi, a South African national from his position under mysterious circumstances. Witbooi was responsible for power generation and was poached by BPC from the South African power utility, Eskom about six years ago.

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In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

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Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.

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