Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Like a lamb to the slaughter, Mamelodi is led

Another 45 days have been added to Premier League Chief Executive Officer Bennet Mamelodi’s suspension over the same number of days previously given.

The extension of the suspension was confirmed by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Susan Lawrence. 

 Confirming the suspension Lawrence said they had extended the suspension because an audit on his office was yet to be conducted. “The forensic audit is not yet complete,” said Lawrence.

 Mamelodi was suspended on allegations of maladministration of the Premier League’s operations since March this year and there are no signs that he will be brought back to office soon.

According to information gathered by Sunday Standard Sport there has never been a BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that took the decision to extend Mamelodi’s suspension. It is also not clear whether the suspension was sanctioned by the BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti, emergency committee that comprises of the two BFA vice presidents (Segolame Ramotlhwa and Pelotshweu Motlogelwa) or the entire NEC members because answers to questions are not coming forth. 

According to our sources, the BFA NEC never took the decision to extend the suspension though Lawrence endorsed it.

Prior to his suspension, Mamelodi instituted a Premier League audit which was carried out by BDO audit firm. According to the findings, nothing bizarre with the Premier League finances were uncovered. “BDO audit has give the Premier League unqualified accounts,” said a source in the Premier League office. 

Lawrence said their “audit” was yet to be completed and she could not state when the findings would be made public or even when the forensic audit would be complete except to say “in due course”.  

Since Mamelodi’s suspension, the league has experienced hiccups such as the referees’ boycott and the ticketing problems, among others. 

Prior to his suspension Mamelodi was redeployed to the BFA where he was to have no interference with the forensic audit but before he could resume his work he was laid off again.

Efforts to solicit comment from Mamelodi’s lawyer, Dutch Leburu, was unsuccessful as he was reported to be out of the country. 

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