Wednesday, January 26, 2022

“No Council resolution taken to fire BOFEPSU deputy secretary general”

Two Councilors of the City of Francistown Council, Shadreck Nyeku and Professor Tlou will testify before the courts that the decision to withhold Botswana Land Boards, Local Authorities and Health Workers’ Union (BLLAHWU)Secretary general and BOFEPU deputy secretary general Ketlhalefile Motshegwa has never been a resolution of the City of Francistown Council, papers filed before the court have shown.

In his answering affidavit Motshegwa denied that the city of Francistown Council has taken any decision to withhold his salary as alleged by the council clerk.

“I am informed by Councilors, Shadreck Nyeku and Professor Tlou that there has never been a resolution of the City of Francistown Council to withhold my salary. Nyeku and Tlou will deliver confirmatory affidavits,” Motshegwa noted in his answering affidavit.

In his confirmatory affidavit Nyeku stated that, “I wish to confirm that there was never a city of Francistown resolution to withhold the applicant salary nor the issue has never been discussed at the council or the finance committee.”

Motshegwa argues that the decision to withhold his salary is nullity. ┬á“Given that the clerk has already advised that the decision to withhold my salary was taken by the City of Francistown Council, I humbly submit that the withholding of my salaries is a nullity because neither the City of Francistown Council nor the clerk,┬áLebuile Israel made the decision,” he argued.

He said that during his absence both the Director of Public Service Management, Carter Morupisi and the City of Francistown Council knew about his whereabouts.

Motshegwa said both Morupisi and the City of Francistown Council knew at all times about his whereabouts.
┬á“The continued attempt to mislead the court that my whereabouts were unknown should be punished by the court with an appropriate order,” he said.

Motshegwa stated in his answering affidavit that the City of Francistown Council never gave him a hearing before deciding to withhold his monthly salary. The city also did not give him any reasons before making the aforesaid decision.

The case is expected to be argued this Wednesday and Motshegwa is represented by Tshiamo Rantao of Rantao and Kewagamang Attorneys.

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