Thursday, July 7, 2022

Botswana Post paying employee for doing nothing

Botswana Post is paying its employee, Gagosepe Manyada, thousands of pula per month for staying at her home.

This was confirmed by BP Public Relations Officer, Lebogang Bok. Manyanda was in 2010 fired from her employment by BP management on allegations that she had used BP resources to do Botswana Postal Union work.

She then took the matter for arbitration where it was ruled in her favour and BP was ordered to reinstate her with all the benefits she had been made to miss.

On her return after being away for 18 months, Bok said that it was realized that her job in the operations department had fallen out during serialization exercise.

She said this meant that she did not have work at BP and, instead of straightaway terminating her employment, she said that they decided to keep her till the exercise was over and a final decision made on whether to deploy her somewhere or not.

Asked whether this means that the employee is currently being paid for doing nothing, Bok said, “Not necessarily. As she is still our employee, we at times call her to do BP work when there is a need to do so,” she said.

Meanwhile hundreds of employees of Botswana Post who were supposed to have been retrenched a month ago say that they are now in the dark about their future with the parastatal as the exercise has been stalled for reasons they have not been made aware of.

One such employee, who requested anonymity, said that they had hoped that they would be updated on their future but that had not happened.

“We are just here working not knowing about our future as no one is telling us about it. What we hear are just rumours that the retrenchment has been postponed to March others says April and we are just in between not knowing who to believe,” said the source.

Another employee said that the quietness on the matter of the BP management is having a negative effect on them as they are no longer as hard working as they used to be because of low morale.
“You can imagine starting work in the morning and not know whether you will still be an employee of the organisation you are working for at the end of the day,” she said.

Asked to comment on the issue, Bok said that it was not true that the exercise had stalled. According to her, the process is still on-going and the employees of the parastatal are being kept informed on the process by way of memorandums and through their Union.

“Just yesterday, we issued a memorandum informing our staff members about the on-going process; as such, it cannot be true that they are not adequately informed,” she said.

On what is delaying the whole process, Bok said that the main problem they have faced was verification of qualifications that those who want to be retained claim to have.

According to her what has been happening was that, in order to keep their jobs, some employees were claiming to have qualifications that they later failed to prove they have.

“This then necessitated the verification exercise, which is delaying matters,” she said.
Bok said that by early next week, they will have a clear picture on when the process will come to an end.

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