A former employee of Kgolagano College says former Principal Rupert Hambira horrified her when he terminated her medical aid subscriptions without notice because she demanded her gratuity payment.
Velentia Sambona, who was coordinator at the Palapye branch of the college, was shown a letter of arrears in medical subscriptions by the Botswana Medical Aid Society after she had arraigned Hambira before the District Labour Office in Gaborone demanding P20 641 in gratuity payment.
Sambona’s services with Kgolagano College were terminated in September 2010 “due to the economic down turn of the Centre’s operations in Palapye”.
When terminating her services, Hambira wrote to the former coordinator assuring her that she would be helped with medical aid subscriptions for a specified period.
Things went horribly wrong when her terminal benefits were not forthcoming from Hambira until she dragged him before the labour office on 23 March 2011 demanding her gratuity from her former employer.
Her protracted battle and her eventual victory against the controversial Reverend, who is the Botswana Democratic Party’s specially elected councilor in Gaborone, saw her receiving a letter from BOMaid, stating that she owed P5400 in subscriptions despite the fact that the college had promised to assist her with subscriptions for a year after her employment was terminated.
Hambira is alleged to have failed to honour the promise to assist the former employee with medical aid subscriptions.
The Sunday Standard is in possession of a copy of the which states that: “Following our meeting of 3rd September 2010, where the decision of Management was communicated to you, this serves to confirm that due to these unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, that as you will be released from the services of the Centre, it will continue to assist you with your medical aid subscriptions for a period of one year.”
Rev. Hambira is not new to controversy. While he was principal at the college, a deceased lecturer’s insurance settlement disappeared into thin air and he gets irritated when asked to account for the late Bokang’s P144 000 which was paid to the college by an insurance company more than a year ago.
Kgolagano College Board Chairperson, Rev. Mpho Moruakgomo, does not want to entertain media enquiries regarding a litany of allegations leveled against the college and its board of trustees. He has twice told this publication that he does not discuss internal college matters with the media and requested to be left in peace. Moruakgomo has since instructed the acting Principal, Bene Thapedi, not to respond to further media enquiries from the college as bits and pieces of information about the inner workings of the college tumble out.