Thursday, July 18, 2024

BMC – the steaks are high

The Botswana Meat Commission second in command Ditsapelo Makati’s tension with the Acting CEO Dr Boitumelo Mogome-Maseko has escalated to termination of contract hovering over Makati.According to an affidavit before Court, Makati has been with the BMC for the past 5 years working under Dr Akolang Tombale’s leadership but never had issues with him nor dragged under any disciplinary actions.

In an affidavit deposed before Court, Makati reveals that the BMC is faced with a lot of challenges which her leadership had established systems in place to address them.She revealed that her alleged incompetence, toxic behavior and constant failure to put in place effective management of employees are so wide and completely unsupported by any facts at all, to answer to them and having worked for the organizations for close to 5 years.

“This being my second contract, I am not sure where to begin to answer them. I have worked under the current Acting CEO for only seven months. I worked under the former CEO, Dr Tombale. I also do not know when the complainant became aware of these allegations against me now and what period of time they apply to me,” she said.

Makati revealed that her boss accused her of refusing to provide lunch in negotiation meeting with unions in October. She argued that the accusations were baseless because lunch was served to the Unions (BMIWU).Makati’s has made claims that the acting CEO was not interested in the BMC making profit but was more into petty issues and destroying her job as evidenced by not being friendly to productive mechanisms which were put in place.

“The other issue which I queried about was when the Acting CEO acted solely with the finance manager to help unions with P220 000 loans but upon inquiry with the Finance officer, he said he was asked to sign for the money but was never involved afterwards. My office investigated and learns that indeed there was a loan given to union. When I email the acting CEO about the matter she never responded. But this is a matter that falls purely in my portfolio as Executive Manager Human Capital.”

“In march 2019, the acting CEO telephoned me that she was with Union Chairperson that the same employees was complaining that the same had not been given relocation money but when asked what money? Then the acting CEO never responded till I received charges,” said Makati.“

This was the end of the matter and I fail to understand exactly what the gross misconduct is here and if there was any issue why my supervisor did not simply raise it further with me and eight months later I’m suspended from work and now stand charged for these types of issues, ’’said disgruntled MakatiIn her founding affidavit Makati detailed damning allegations about her boss. She said the charges she is currently facing are meant to delay and victimize her.


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