Monday, May 16, 2022

Ousted Francistown Mayor seeks reinstatement, compensation

The former Mayor of Francistown, Ephraim Maiketso, who was ousted from his position on the 12th September last year by a vote of no confidence tabled by BDP councillor, Ford Moiteela, has served a letter to the Francistown City Council (FCC) seeking reinstatement.

The former Mayor is also claiming monetary compensation from the FCC as he feels his removal was unlawful.

In a letter that he served to FCC last week, which the Sunday Standard is in possession of, Maiketso claims that his removal from the position of mayor was not constitutional. He claims that his predecessor, the current Mayor, James Kgalajwe, was unlawfully elected into the position.

He further states that his removal contravened the provisions of regulation 11 sub section one and sub section two of the Township Act.

The regulation reads that “there shall be a mayor for each council who shall be elected by secret ballot from among the members of the council by the members present, and such election shall be the first business transacted at the first meeting of the council and thereafter the election of the mayor shall be held every two and half years as may be prescribed in accordance with regulation”.

Maiketso further states in the letter, that subsection 2 of the regulation reads that “the Mayor shall, unless if he resigns or ceases to be qualified or becomes disqualified, continue in office until his successor is elected and assumes office”.

The Francistown City Council has been given 14 days to reply.

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