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CEDA employee fired for sexual misconduct wants reinstatement

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Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency’s ex- strategy manager, Mbaki Motlotlegi, has asked the Industrial Court to order for his reinstatement after he was slapped with a termination of employment letter by his employer for sexual harassment.

Motlotlegi pleaded for his reinstatement before a panel of three judges at the Industrial Court of Botswana in Gaborone on Friday. Motlotlegi was dismissed after his junior, filed a complaint of sexual misconducted against him.

Explaining his side of the story, Motlotlegi told the court that on the 17th of May 2021, he chaired a regular meeting where employees discuss weekly duties and appointments. During the same meeting he took a picture of his junior, in an exposed position, and asked her to remain behind when the meeting adjourned. To his defense, Motlotlegi indicated that the main purpose of taking the picture was to commend her for dressing up, and also to complain about her posture.  Motlotlegi said it was a character building advice.

According to Motlotlegi, two days after the incident, his junior sent him an email expressing her dissatisfaction about his address. After learning of his junior’s unhappiness, he impressed upon his supervisor for advice. The supervisor advised Motlotlegi to try to reconcile with Mabe, and to return only if there is no resolution. Motlotlegi told the court that he responded to the email by apologising for his actions, but his junior did not respond to the apology.

Motlotlegi was on his annual leave when he was informed by his supervisor, that he has been suspended from work. The supervisor indicated that he was acting on advice from the Human Resources Officer, whom is the custodian of such issues.

Motlotlegi informed the court that he signed the suspension letters and the HR Manager escorted him out of the building and told him that he should not contact anyone within CEDA as it will jeopardize the investigations and was also advised not to call and check on the status of the investigation.

He said towards the end of his suspension, he received another suspension letter and was given an incident report form to state why disciplinary action should not be taken against him and was given a time frame to submit the form.

He said on the 6th of August 2021, on the day of the disciplinary hearing, he raised an issue, requesting HR Manager to withdraw from the case as they have had a misunderstanding before of which the panel refused because in their view, he was not part of the case. He said that at the hearing they stated the charges and four witnesses’ against him were present.

Motlotlegi told the court that more accusations which were not written on the charge sheet were said, and they included; jeopardizing the investigation as he wrote an email to Mabe which he said he asked for the evidence to be presented before the panel and was dismissed.

The complainant said that she was mishandled in the office by Motlotlegi and indicated that there was a witness of which, according to Motlotlegi, she changed the statement by saying that it was rather caught on camera.

Motlotlegi stated that when he requested for the evidence against allegations levelled against him, it was dismissed. Motlotlegi said another allegation that was stated during the hearing was that he jeopardized the investigations and requested the HR to produce the evidence and was dismissed as well. Motlotlegi said that his witnesses were also intimidated by the HR manager, and he found it unfair.

The panel found his guilty of charge 1 and charged 2. Subsequently, he was given a termination of the employment letter. He appealed to the Chief Executive Officer on the 1st September 2021 and his appeal was refused. Motlotlegi said that he went to complain to the District labour office, and he was referred to the Industrial Court. The hearing will continue on the 30th and 31st of next month.

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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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