Friday, December 1, 2023

BFA palace coup continues unabated … Is ‘King Kaizer’ out?

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Secretary General (SG), Kitso Kemoeng’s days with the football institution hang in the balance with the football body’s “not-so-sure” leadership being able to confirm whether the disciplinary committee assembled to sort out maladministration allegations against him has recommended his dismissal.  

Contacted for comment BFA acting CEO Susan Lawrence was blank, saying it was beyond her.   The non-committal Lawrence said: “Kemoeng’s issue is beyond me. I cannot comment on that issue because KK is my boss. Talk to the BFA president, (Maclean) Letshwiti.” 

Letshwiti said in a press statement that BFA would not comment or give interviews until it was appropriate.  

Our sources say the resolution of the disciplinary committee found Kemoeng guilty of offences he faced and recommended that he be dismissed from work. 

After hearing the resolution of the disciplinary committee the NEC decided to part ways with Kemoeng and resolved to pay him one month’s notice. Though he will not be reporting to work the, BFA NEC has resolved to officially part ways with him at the end of January, Sunday Standard has learnt 

Kemoeng was suspended in October. The BFA NEC said in a press statement at the time: “This serves to inform our partners, the football fraternity, all stakeholders and the general public that following careful consideration of a number of recent occurrences with respect to the office of the BFA Secretary General, the BFA NEC has resolved to suspend the Secretary General with immediate effect.”  

According to sources within BFA leadership, Kemoeng was summoned to BFA on Friday morning to hear the verdict of the disciplinary hearing.  The sources reveal that of the five charges Kemoeng faced, BFA conceded to only one while four went against him.

Four of the panelists recommended dismissal while only one was against it. 

The position of the BFA position since the departure of Ashford Mamelodi has been a source of conflicts in the leadership of the BFA. It is either the CEOs are fired or “forced” to jump ship when sensing that they are in danger, sources say

 Kemoeng was seen as somebody who would bring stability and order to the NEC. 

According to sources, Kemoeng’s relationship soured because it (NEC) felt he was not respecting it and could take decisions without consultation. 

It is alleged that Kemoeng engaged an agency company to find sponsors and in return recieve commission which the BFA NEC was not comfortable with though they had originally sanctioned the decision. Among other accusations is that Kemoeng approved a C license coaching course in Orapa without the knowledge and approval of NEC. 


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