The Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BOFEPUSU) has rubbished allegations that they intend to disrupt the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group K qualifier between Botswana and Malawi at UB Stadium this afternoon.
It is alleged that on Friday morning, one of the unionists phoned a local radio station claiming that the striking unions would disturb the all-important qualifier to send a message across to the Government over their 16 percent salary increase demand. ┬á
When contacted for comment, BOFEPUSU secretary-general, Andrew Motsamai, said, “I do not know of such a thing, even my president is here and can attest to that.”
When the issue was raised at the media briefing at Lekidi Football Centre on Friday morning, it was clear that the Botswana Football Association (BFA) authorities were shell shocked. This even caused panic for some minutes among journalists and the Malawian delegates present.┬á
In response, BFA chief executive officer, Judge Mookodi, said that his office will not take any risks regarding the security at the game.
“We’ll be taking serious measures to address the matter and, most importantly, ensure that the game goes on (as planned). We have a security wing at the BFA and we’ll be engaging the police to ensure that nothing happens,” he said.