Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Pule blames Minister, PS for his departure

Former director of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Mabuse Pule has accused the Minister of Nationality Immigration and Gender Affairs Edwin Batshu of failing to intervene to save his job.

In an interesting twist of events, Pule has now joined the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and will be contesting for Mochudi East by-elections should he win the party’s primary elections.

In an interview, Pule confirmed that he has quit his position after nine years as a director following a sour working relationship that he had with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Nationality Immigration and Gender Affairs Banny Molosiwa.

“It is true that I am no longer the director of immigration under the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs,” he said.   

Pule said he decided to cut short his career at the ministry that was scheduled to end in 2020 due to a sour relationship between him and Molosiwa.

“It was going to be impossible to complete my contract due to the collapsed working relationship that existed between me and PS therefore I felt that I better quit,” he said.

He explained that since Molosiwa’s arrival at the ministry around 2016 he has never done anything right in her eyes accusing her of plotting to destroy his career.

Pule accused Molosiwa of attempting to run a one man show at his department thereby reducing him to a ceremonial director. He said he would never allow such a thing to happen.

He added that on several occasions Molosiwa allegedly belittled him in front of his juniors.

“I do not know even today why she was acting in this particular fashion,” he said.

Pule stated that he approached Batshu and lodged his complaint and the minister failed dismally at efforts to reconcile them.  

“The matter then escalated to the Office of the President but I had already made my mind that I should quit civil service because working relations with PS had worsened,” he said.

Pule however revealed that he is now a politician as he has joined the ruling BDP.

“It is official that I will be among those who will be contesting in the primary election for Mochudi East after the death of Isaac Davids,” he said.

He claimed that Davids had recommended him as potential successor.

Contacted for comment, both Batshu and Molosiwa declined to comment.

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