Tuesday, December 1, 2020

LEA stands on the side of its new CEO

The Board of Directors of Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) is unshaken about allegations of sexual harrasssement leveled against the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Racious Moatshe.

Moatshe is expected to kick-start his new role at LEA after unceremoniously partying way with his former employer – Business Botswana.

LEA Chairman Batlhatswi Tsayang said Friday that the entrepreneurs’ authority still stands on the same position of job offer which was extended to Moatshe and has since accepted it.

Tsayang said he is aware of the ongoing saga regarding allegations leveled against Moatshe by his current employer Business Botswana.

“Let the law take its course, a man is deemed innocent till proved otherwise. Let us not read too much into allegations at this stage premature stage,” said Tsayang.

He further said that the truth will always come out adding that he is currently not jumping into conclusions.

Moatshe’s employment contract as LEA CEO is believed to be 5 years, taking over from his predecessor and founding CEO Dr Tebogo Matome who served the parastatal for about 10 years.

Through his lawyers at Ndadi Attorneys, Moatshe is challenging his suspension.

“The allegations of sexual harassment in question have existed as far back as the 25th August 2017 and client had not been placed on suspension then. This would have been the natural thing to do at the time looking at the serious nature of the allegations and the position client holds,” stated Ndadi Attorneys in the letter addressed to Business Botswana. 

The letter continued, “Our client will therefore resign with immediate effect, that is, without notice as he deems the relationship devoid trust and irretrievably broken down.”

Information contained in Moatshe’s resignation letter as Business Botswana CEO dated 12th September shows that he was willing to serve his employment notice.

 “For the purpose of smooth transition, I will be available until AGM on the 26th September and for any shortfall of notice days, I propose to use my leave in lieu of the shortfall. I want to take this opportunity to BB Council, FAMCO and management for the time I have been with the organization,” reads part of the resignation letter.

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