Friday, June 18, 2021

BNYC suspends Chairman as DCEC run a parallel investigation

Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) Executive Committee has resolved to suspend its Executive Chairperson Benedice Louis Sibanda.

Sibanda has had a tempestuous relationship with other BNYC stakeholders in the recent past.

According to a release from the BNYC the executive committee resolved to conduct internal investigations into numerous reported allegations of maladministration within the BNYC operations.

“In line with corporate governance practices the Executive Committee has resolved to suspend the Executive Committee Chairperson, Mr Benedice Louis Sibanda, effective April 10th 2015.” The BNYC say this is to allow the on-going internal investigations relating to maladministration concerning the Office of the Executive Committee Chairperson to take course “without prejudice on him or the office.”

The Council’s Executive Committee said the investigations are to ensure that the Council remains committed to its values.┬á Sibanda’s Deputy, Boniface Disho is the acting Chairperson of the Executive Committee.

Asked to comment on his suspension, Sibanda told this publication that he supported the motion that BNYC carry its internal investigations on the alleged corruption levelled at his office.

“They are free to investigate my office without my interference. I have already notified Council that I will be leaving BNYC end of July to carry other duties that require my attention. I think it is important that the investigations are done before I leave especially because they are levelled to my office,” he said.

Sibanda said the outcome of the investigations will prove whether there is truth in the alleged corruption or not.

The Telegraph can confirm that the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime has also waded into the fray.

Among other things DCEC is investigating the P300 000 that was paid last year for an event that did not happen.
Insiders say BNYC money ended up financing Botswana Democratic Party campaign events.

It is not clear if Sibanda will have the guts to spill the beans if he feels isolated and left to hang by a political party that he has close ties with.

The investigations started last Friday and are expected to take 60 days.

Francistown West Member of Parliament Ignatius Moswaane has since presented a motion before Parliament requesting that government investigates maladministration at the BNYC. The motion was adopted in March this year.

In his motion Moswaane also requested Parliament to suspend termination of contracts of some BNYC employees until investigations are completed.

Following the ongoing restructuring process, BNYC Executive Director Benjamin Raletsatsi wrote to 33 employees informing them that their contracts will not be renewed.

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