UNION BOSS PROBED FOR CORRUPTION
The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is investigating the oldest teacher’s union, Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) for maladministration and fraud.
First to bite the dust is union founding Administrative Secretary German Motswaledi who is being probed by the corruption buster for fraud.
The Voice has established that the long serving Admin secretary has on several occasions fraudulently awarded himself loans amounting to over ten thousand pula from BTU Benefit Scheme which he failed to pay.
A notification letter to Motswaledi from BTU which this publication is in possession states that the 63-year-old breached the loan agreement and blatantly failed to honour obligations to pay back his loans.
“This is clearly an act of misconduct which should not be condoned,” reads the letter in part.
Further investigations By The Voice have also found out that at the time of securing the loans from the BTU Benefit Scheme, Motswaledi was the Director of the scheme and unlawfully used his position as such to authorize the said loan knowing fully well that the BTU Benefit Scheme only issued loans up to a maximum of P10 000.00.
Motswaledi is further accused of violating his fiduciary duties as a Director to act in good faith and in the best interest of the company and to be loyal to the company.
“This also raises eyebrows to your position as the Administrative Secretary of BTU.
Your conduct is also tantamount to acts of theft as envisaged in terms of Section 4 (d) of the Employment Act.”
Contacted for a comment on the matter the union Secretary General, Ibo Nana Kenosi confirmed the matter but could not divulge any more information except to say they await DCEC to complete its investigations.
“Yes I can confirm that DCEC is investigating Motswaledi. They came in here and did part of their investigations. We are awaiting them to complete and give us their final report and that is when we can have more to say,” he said.
Kenosi then went on to vehemently deny allegations levelled against him by BTU that he has purchased for the union Planet North Lodge in Francistown valued at P7.4 million for P19.2 million without approval of the board so that he could pocket the P11. 08 million.
“That’s not true the board and council was notified on this and I must make it clear that such rumours are not true. We work together as the leadership and we always take collective decisions,” he said.
Meanwhile the strong 16,000-member union is converging in Mmadinare next weekend for an elective congress.