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NOT AMUSED: Bagwasi

Australian mine boss faces police probe after allegations he called President Khama ‘foolish’ and ‘gay looking’

Police in Maun are investigating a Discovery Metals (DLM) mine boss for allegedly calling President Ian Khama “a foolish and gay looking unmarried man.”

Two former employees who reported the matter to the police, Dipuo Sethembeni, 33, from Francistown and Patrick Bagwasi, 39, from Tutume accused their former boss, Gene Nicholls an Australian, of uttering the rude remarks which they found insulting and demeaning.
Sethembeni, a multi skill operator told The Voice that Nicholls’ made the offensive comments after mine-workers queried their bosses decision not to invite employees to the President’s official opening of the copper mine last month.

When answering the employees questions an irate Nicholls allegedly said that he was not the fool expected to waste his time by going around addressing people about the mine’s official opening. “Your foolish President should have done that, not me,” he is reported to have said.

A staunch BDP supporter and President Khama fan, Bagwasi said that after he heard about the remarks from Sethembeni he was so infuriated that he felt he couldn’t let such a demeaning comment about his President go unchallenged, so he took it upon himself to confront Nicholls.

“ Since I work in a different section of the mine from the one that initially heard him make the insults, I confronted him and asked him to confirm or deny whether he indeed uttered the remarks which were now on many mine workers lips. I wanted to get my facts right before reporting him to the police.”

Bagwasi added: “Nicholls was visibly angry and replied by saying he was sick and tired of the President issue and did not give a damn about it.

“I was with my colleague Nixon Maxala who still works for Discovery Metals and he is ready to testify in court that he indeed heard the man say he did not give a damn about our ‘unmarried and gay looking President.’ ”

Maxala corroborated Bagwasi’s testimony.

Before he was fired Bagwasi claimed he was told to keep the allegations within the confines of the mine premises if he wanted to keep his job.

ACCUSED: Gene Nicholls

“When I insisted that I was going to report the matter to the police I was immediately given a suspension letter which was shortly followed by the termination of my contract,” Bagwasi said.

Meanwhile DLM Managing Director, Brad Sampson denied any knowledge of the issue despite claims by several mine workers that the accused offender, who is reported to be out of the country, was nearly beaten by employees for his alleged remarks until another boss apologised on his behalf.

“I am not personally aware of any conversation between Nicholls and other staff at the mine and cannot comment on that. But what I can state is that DML has an extremely high degree of respect for the President and Government of Botswana.”

Nicholls could not be reached for a comment at the time of going to press since his employers declined to divulge any information on his whereabouts.

Confirming police involvement in the matter, Head of Public Relations Unit for Botswana Police, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa said that the police were investigating such a case.

He added that once their investigations were complete they would hand over the docket to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to decide on whether to prosecute or not.


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36 Responses to “YOU CAN’T SAY THAT”

  1. mhata 2012/10/28

    YOUR AR JUST REPORTING THIS ISSUE JUST BECOUSE YOU ARE FIRED SO O BATLA REVENGE SHAME KANA O BATLA FELA GORE NICK LE ENE A KOBIWE……..BORING A KO O YE GO GOLA TU!

  2. I cant say what this man alleges is a matter of fact. Maare whatI have heard ke gore those guys ba ma Australia at DML ABUSE BLACKS AND SERIOUS RACIST. I understand they insult a black man like nobody’s business. Its high time this guys are shown that they are in Africa and ought to respect Africans. A LOT OF GUYS ARE RESIGNING DUE TO SUCH FRUSTRATIONS.

  3. phomphoko 2012/10/29

    @mhata do u even know why he was fired did u read why he was fired kana o dira mo go teng mmualebe o bua la gagwe

  4. pierre 2012/10/29

    In Bagwasi, i only see a bitter man – no truth at all!!!

  5. mhata 2012/10/29

    @phomphoko am not bagwasi nor Nicholls jst comment an o tlogele go commentr di respond tsa batho an learn to mind your own business ok LEBE LA GAGO KE ENG WENA……..?YEP BAGWASI O BITTER

  6. stacy 2012/10/29

    @mhata i don think u hear the story ryt. this man was fired because he reported the issue. he did not report the issue because he was fired, but because he was concerned about what is said about our president…

  7. cheerful 2012/10/29

    If Crocodile Dundee will ever return then he must be questioned to get the truth.

  8. phomphoko 2012/10/29

    @mhata who said u bagwasi or nicholls do u even know tht line of mind ur own business mean or o e bua hela cos wa itse??? dnt try be makgakganyana mo go nna ke go buisa sente

  9. Chris M 2012/10/29

    We shouldn’t entertain such bull! When these as*holes disrespect the president, it shows how they don’t respect us as a nation. Bagwasi was right! They should have beaten his as* up to teach him manners!

  10. Kgogomodumo 2012/10/29

    Eseng mogo morwa Kgama! Nicholls aa hagolwe!

  11. neetah 2012/10/30

    mxm Bagwasi o bitter tota,ke belaela a kobilwe b4 aya go reporta,gagona monna hela oka tlogelang tiro goya go reporta yone kgang e

  12. Semausu 2012/10/30

    “When I insisted that I was going to report the matter to the police I was immediately given a suspension letter which was shortly followed by the termination of my contract,” Bagwasi said., which means this guy was fired b4 he went to report this issue.

  13. Carefokon 2012/10/30

    Law must be excercised in these people ba ba claimang gore tautona o tlhapaditswe ke go rata bolope le attention fela there is nothing wrong how are we to prove it kena le loose kends jaana mo ke bo bitter hela o jel;e span boss

  14. mhata 2012/10/30

    @PHOMPHIII SHAME KE YONE COMMENT YA GAGO?…….DIGOLE TSE DI TSWHANANG LE WENA JAANA DIA TLHOKOMOLOGA!!!!AN KE MAKGAKGA KA STYLE GAPE KE TSETSWE LE ONE OR GA O ISE O UTLWALELE MORAFE O GO TWENG BAKGATLHA……………..BOTSA KA BONE

  15. @tshek 2012/10/30

    hehehehe….jeeeerrrreee baa ba tshamekela mo kgosing yame.

  16. cheerful 2012/10/30

    Someone at the Ccompany should have added something like:

    “Whilst we do not tolerate such behaviour in a workplace,we shall investigate the matter”

  17. @tshek 2012/10/31

    Hi blogers any one that knows about the wereabouts of Total i mis his comments.kante o ko masimomong…

  18. malema ''The Great'' 2012/10/31

    heeiii malope they thought maybe they will have transfer to debswana after ba lopela…haaaahaaaaaaa

  19. phomphoko 2012/11/01

    @mhata jaanong gwa reng aole mokgata nna ke mmirwa

  20. mhata 2012/11/01

    A SETLHODI………….

  21. karabelo@mlangeni 2012/11/01

    bo bagwasi the ke bo mathandi zinto, o ya go nna sboko go fitlhela leng, mokgwa oo wa segalona, ga se ko north bots, rona bo mlangeni rea o itse, le njala, bo lope.

  22. Tips 2012/11/01

    @mhata: you need to come down neh. Ga go lowe, Bagwasi is doing his business and if there is anyone that needs to mind their own business is you. And nna rra ke mo Kgatla, o seka wa batla go re tlhabisa ditlhong. O tloka botho wa re ke ka gore o mo Kgatla! So what!? O seka wa dira tse o di dirang in the name of Bakgatla mxm!

  23. mhata 2012/11/01

    @tips gatwe go eng jaanong erile bonnyaneng jwa gago o ratile go itshunyatshunya mo dilong tse di sa go ameng ke eng………o a poka le wna ke go tlhokomologa

  24. Real Motswana 2012/11/02

    There’s a thin line between patriotism le bolope!!!!,…and rre Bagwasi knows deep down that he has crossed it!!!!!!

  25. Mmuwa lebe 2012/11/03

    hayebo!!Batswana bolope re a bo itse.
    Bagwasi learn to mind ur own i mean kana le wena they are people ho bad mouth u bt no one tells u,so why wena o le concerned so much dat u end up lossing ur job o kare o ka losa ur case wth costs.

  26. memos 28 2012/11/04

    Heela bo ndaki ke mathata,jaanon ga go setse go kgakgauthana lona jaana di commentators how r we going to get to the bottom of this? Ga lona bosupi ja gre go diragetseng so stop it lo ne lo seo

  27. Chris M 2012/11/04

    What does the word ‘Lelope’ mean in this context and on debate of issues of national interest? People use this word inappropriately and show startling intellectual ineptitude by doing so. Don’t try to stifle free expression of opinion with silly labels and jibes if you don’t have anything of value with which to counter what others say!

  28. racism and patriotism aside… the man does look and act very gay…

  29. kmaps 2012/11/05

    Bagwasi is powerfull

  30. Glasco 2012/11/05

    Waitse batswaka barehithetse. Ke gore bareroga gorata le gobona. Ke lantha ba bona lehatshe le motswakwa o totwang jaana.

  31. cheerful 2012/11/05

    “Nicholls allegedly said that he was not the fool expected to waste his time by going around addressing people about the mine’s official opening. “Your foolish President should have done that, not me,” he is reported to have said.”

    If he did says this – surely he should have chosen his words carefully as a “MANAGER” and either directed them to someonelse in the company if he was not interested.

    “he did not give a damn about our ‘unmarried and gay looking President.’ ”
    Someone should have told him it is none of his business to describe people by their sexual orientation or their marital status

  32. cheerful 2012/11/05

    “Before he was fired Bagwasi claimed he was told to keep the allegations within the confines of the mine premises if he wanted to keep his job.” – no mention who told the person this.

    The person who confronted the Manager on what he supposedly uttered should have also tried to find someone above this Manager to find enquire why an invitation was not extended to employees to the opening and report what the Manager had said.

  33. cheerful 2012/11/06

    he should have chosen his words carefully as a “MANAGER to avoid confrontation” Very strange that an invitation was not extended to employees to the opening (?????)

  34. cheerful 2012/11/07

    If he did utter these words if this was said to me i would tell him what an ignorant person he is because he should be aware who the best hairdressers and fashion designers are in the world??

  35. Chris M 2012/11/08

    This guy is nothing but a homophobic id*ot who despite being respected by our people has no respect for us if he could disrespect the president this way! Are we supposed to turn the other cheek every time? I would have shopped him too to teach manners! I wouldn’t stand for this!

  36. Concerned 2012/11/22

    Guys this is no time or place for you to be getting a go at each other (Mhudi and Phomphokwe) or whatever your mames are, this is the biggest problem that we batswana have there is never a time that we believe in each other and we always think the worst of the next people and it is this little fact that will make us remain a very poor nation for ever…Nna i have experienced the kind of abuse that Bagwasi is talking about and it drove me away from the industry i loved and that i still love because i wasn’t brave enough to stand up for my rights in my very own country..so i believe you Bagwasi and i am sure once the police have done their investigations the truth shall come out.

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