Monday, May 25, 2020

Sebele sues government for unfair dismissal

Kweneng‘s former deputy chief, Keineetse Sebele, is reported to have filed a law suit against the Botswana government for unfair dismissal from work. This according to Sebele‘s lawyer, Dick Bayford.

Bayford also confirmed that they have already served the Attorney General adding, “We are now just waiting for the date the case will be heard.” Bayford declined to discuss the law suit further.

Sebele was dismissed from work after a committee, which was assigned by President Ian Khama to look into the Bakwena royal troubles, had made a recommendation to the effect that his removal from the office would help bring stability to the chieftainship.

The Committee was chaired by former speaker of the National Assembly , Patrick Balopi.

Keineetse was appointed to the position by the Bakwena deputy Paramount Chief Kgari Sechele against the wishes of other Bakwena who preferred someone else.

After his dismissal, Oletile Makgasane of Lentsweletau was appointed deputy chief by Kgari Sechele who made the announcement to that effect at a kgotla meeting.

Makgasane, however, ruled for only two months before he was killed in a road accident.

Currently, Bakwena do not have a deputy chief and it is not known when one will be appointed.
Attempts to get a comment on the issue from Sechele were futile.

In the past, Kealeboga Sechele has challenged Kgari Sechele for the throne but lost on a technicality that he had slept on his rights by failing to take up the matter to Court earlier on.

The state was then represented by the then Attorney General Phandu Skelemani who is currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations whilst Kealeboga Sechele was represented by Bayford.

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