The suspended Botswana premier league, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennett Mamelodi has served the embattled Botswana Football Association (BFA) with court papers for unlawful suspension.
Mamelodi’s lawyer, Dutch Leburu of Monthe Marumo and Company confirmed the development on Tuesday saying: “We could have served the BFA with court papers it I s just today (Monday) the court had problem with their system but they promised us that the file will be ready tomorrow (Tuesday)” explained Leburu.
Leburu said his client is fighting the unlawful suspension from office. “You can only be suspended by people with authority and the premier league board does not have that authority. The premier league board should follow the law and do things according to what the law prescribes,” said Leburu.
According to Leburu, the suspension should be sanctioned by the BFA. “The premier league is not a party that can be sued and that is why we cannot serve them with court papers because it is not a standalone entity. The premier league board decisions should be endorsed or sanctioned by BFA,” Leburu explained.
He said they want the suspension of Mamelodi to be set aside with immediate effect and his client to resume work immediately.
Bennett Mamelodi was suspended last month on allegations of mishandling league fianc├®s resulting in teams failing to get their monthly grants. Efforts to contact Mamelodi were unsuccessful as his phones were switched off.
It has been a month since Mamelodi was suspended by the premier league board. The premier league is currently run by the BFA under the CEO, Kitso Kemoeng. The Premier league is left with only two games before the season ends.