The former Executive Secretary for the national umbrella body, the Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (BOCONGO), Boitshepo Bolele, has expressed alarm over the advertising of her former post at BOCONGO in a local news paper, The Voice.
Speaking to Sunday Standard, Bolele said, “I’m actually surprised that they are already advertising my position whilst the matter is still in court.” Bolele added that “I don’t expect BOCONGO to advertise the position as the court is yet to make a determination on the matter; if they are recruiting for my position then it is contempt of court.”
Bolele was appointed to the position of Executive Secretary two and half months ago but was, however, dismissed from the post.
“My dismissal letter had no specified reasons on why I had been dismissed,” she said.
After her unexplained dismissal Bolele took her matter to Lobatse High court two weeks ago,
“I took the matter before the court because I had barely spent two and half months on the job and was slammed with an eviction letter.”
Bolele said she has applied to the court to be either reinstated in her position or be paid for her contract. She however said, “I will not say much about my contract; all I can say is that my contract has been submitted to the High Court for further interrogation.”
Bolele added that “the matter of my dismissal from BOCONGO is before the court so I cannot comment or disclose any further information about it now”.
Bolele told Sunday Standard that “what BOCONGO has done is bad and I will approach the court to overturn the advertisement till the matter has been resolved.”
When reached for comment, the Board Chair for BOCONGO, Pastor Biggie Butale, declined to comment on why the position is being advertised when the case still has to come up before the courts.