Thursday, October 5, 2023

Former GCC employee to apply for reinstatement

Frank Stegling, one of the four Gaborone City Council employees who faced corruption charges in the Daisy Loo saga, says that he intends to apply for reinstatement.

This was revealed by Tebogo Sebego, a Gaborone attorney who is representing Stegling.

“Yes, that is my intention to apply for his reinstatement in GCC as the High Court has ruled that he was not guilty and, as you know, he and his colleagues have been on half salary for a long time,” Sebego said.

He further stated that his action has been prompted by the realization that Directorate of Public Prosecution did not intend to appeal the matter as they had thought she would do after judgment by Justice Singh Walia.

Asked if he knows if the other lawyers will do like wise and apply for reinstatement of their clients, Sebego said that he had no idea on that but added that “but I think that is a logical thing to do in such a case”.

Frank Molaletsi, another employee whom the Court did not find guilty of tender
rigging and was represented by Duma Boko, says that he intends to consult his lawyer and ask him to apply for his reinstatement.

The other employees who were all acquitted and discharged from any wrong doing were Frank Molaletsi, who was represented by Duma Boko and Gilbert Sithole, represented by Dick Bayford.

Their charges related to a tender to debush Segoditshane river bed ÔÇô a tender won by Daisy Loo. The DPP claimed the tender was not awarded accordingly.

The judgment also saw the company, Daisy Loo, which had won the tender, and its director, Moemedi Dijeng, being acquitted and discharged. The case took years in the Courts as defense lawyers, in some instances, forced some magistrates to recuse themselves from the case on grounds that they had dealt with the case before it reached the Courts.


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