Monday, May 27, 2024

Mamelodi dates premier league at court

Botswana Premier league Chief Executive Officer, Bennett Mamelodi is expected to fight his suspension tomorrow (Monday) at the Industrial Court.

Mamelodi was suspended in April by the Premier League board on  allegations of maladministration. The CEO has accused the board of unlawful suspension.

He is asking the Industrial Court to immediately reinstate him.

The Premier League Board suspended Mamelodi on the pretext that they are doing forensic audit and investigations. The Directorate on Corruption in Economic Crime (DCEC) was also brought in to investigate the operations of the Premier League office.  The suspension of the CEO came about after the premier league teams were unable to be given monthly grants because there was no money in the league accounts.

The suspended CEO will be represented attorney Dutch Leburu of law firm, Monthe Marumo and associates, while the BFA will be represented by Mpho Gaobakwe of Salbany and Toto attorneys.  The suspension of the CEO triggered some other controversies within the league. There were series of protests against Township Rollers for using Ofentse Nato who has since been declared the defaulter.  The ruling by BFA national Disciplinary Committee that declared Nato a defaulter brought another controversy in which the league board chairman, Rapula Okaile deducted ten points from Rollers denying Popa an opportunity to be crowned the champions on their last game of the league.  Popa has since appealed the BFA NDC ruling with Court of Arbitration for Sport.

And the case is yet to be heard and adjudicated on.


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