Friday, August 12, 2022

Dube to know his fate soon

Suspended former Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) Public Relations Officer, Glody Dube, may not have to wait long to know his fate.

This comes as the Commission of Enquiry tasked with investigating his suspension from the country’s athletics mother body is said to have concluded its report.

The report, which is expected to give the BAA a clear path on whether to uphold Dube’s suspension by the past executive committee or overturn it, has now been due for close to a month.
The presentation of the investigative report has already been deferred twice.

At the first instance, the presentation of the report of enquiry, which was expected at the BAA special General Meeting at the beginning of last month, was delayed after the commission failed to finish the investigations on time as one of the commissioners had fallen ill, thus delaying the progress of enquiry.

The presentation of the report was then pushed back to the 19th of the past month but has not been presented as of now.

Speaking in an interview, BAA president, Thari Mooketsi, said though he and his committee have not been presented with the report yet, he has already been told that the investigations have now been concluded and the report is ready.

“The reason why we don’t have the report is because the BAA executive committee has not had time to meet to receive it. As you are aware, our executive has been very busy with other BAA businesses, like the Commonwealth Youth games in the Isle of Man as well as the All Africa Games in Maputo and the remaining members could not form a quorum to receive and deal with the report,” Mooketsi said.
The BAA President says with the Maputo games having ended and his BAA committee members, as well as the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) executive members, expected to all be in the country within the next few days, they expect the report to be out very soon.

“Once we receive the report, we will call all involved parties, which are the BNSC and Dube to discuss the findings. Once that is out of the way, only then will the report be out for the press and the public,” Mooketsi added.

Dube was suspended from the BAA by the past executive committee after his public outburst, lambasting the BAA for ‘not doing things accordingly.’ His suspension was later upheld by the BNSC, thus barring him from standing for his post of Public Relations which has since been taken by Ipolokeng Ramatshaba.

Apart from Dube’s case, the commission is also looking at the issue of Africa Junior Championships team’s sport kits that ‘allegedly went missing and were never handed out to intended recipients’.

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