Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Dube to wait two more weeks to hear his fate

Suspended former Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) Public Relations Officer, Glody Dube, will have to wait at least another two weeks to know his fate.

The decision comes after the Commission of Enquiry tasked with investigating his suspension from the country’s athletics mother body failed to complete its report by the end of July as was expected.

The report, which could have given the BAA a clear path on whether to uphold Dube’s suspension by the past executive committee or overturn it, was expected to be presented to the BAA Special General Meeting this past weekend.

Speaking in an interview, BAA Secretary General, Legojane Kebaitse, said the report on the fate of Glody Dube is now expected to be out on the 19th of this month (August).

“One of the commissioners reported sick for the past two weeks and this delayed the progress of their enquiry and subsequently delayed the report,” Kebaitse said.
He says, as such, they extended the commission’s time to investigate the issue as they felt it will be in the interest of justice for all concerned parties.

“This is an independent commission and the commissioners doing this are not part of the BAA. They are professionals who have their own jobs and have volunteered their time and expertise and it is only wise that we give them time to do it accordingly,” the BAA Secretary General added.

He further says that apart from looking into 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.’

The issues of Dube and the Sport kits were supposed to be part of the items on agenda during the weekend’s BAA Special General Meeting. Other items on the weekend’s meeting included the financial status of the BAA, preparations for the All Africa Games, appointments of BAA subcommittees as well as compliance of BAA and its affiliates with the Registrar of Societies.

On the issue of BAA’s financial status, Kebaitse said financially, the association is still in the red.

“Some of our creditors are on our backs demanding their money and we have to pay them. Most of these debts are related to the Africa Junior Championships we hosted and we are at the moment engaging with relevant stakeholders, including the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) to solve this issue,” Kebaitse added.

He was, however, quick to point out that the association expects the issue of creditors to be cleared in the not so distant future.

On issues relating to preparations for the upcoming All Africa Games, the BAA Secretary General says the association will be hosting its track and field events in Orapa this coming weekend, where they expect to finalise the team to take part at the games.

The Orapa meet is expected to give the BAA Technical team an idea of who among the preliminary national team selects on camp can be taken to the All Africa Games, which are due on September 1 in Mozambique.

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