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BOFWA CEO accused of corruption

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Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) Chief Executive Officer, Una Ngwenya faces serious allegations of abuse of office and a possible jail term as skeleton begin to tumble from the troubled organization’s closet.

According to a leaked document from the association board, Ngwenya is accused of nepotism, favoritism and misappropriation of funds amounting to millions of pulas among other allegations.

The allegations, contained in a document, which was submitted to the BOFWA board by a whistle blower sates in part that, “There are many staff members who have been recruited without following the BOFWA and national labour laws. For example the engagement of the finance and admin manager who is over the retirement age as defined in the condition of employment.”

The complaint against the CEO further reads, “The same officer mentioned above has been receiving no taxed monthly salary of P 4 000.00 from the organization through a cheque instead of a payroll system. In Botswana any monthly remuneration of P 3500 is taxable by law. This was noted through the 2018 audit reports as a query and it was concluded that BOFWA did not have clear remuneration policy for volunteers as differences in allowances was marked ranging from P 1000 to P 4 000. This was noted during the 2018 accreditation assessment and to date the issue has not been addressed.”

The CEO is also accused of abuse of office by using company vehicles after working hours and on weekends.

She has also been blamed for a missing P 16000, which was allegedly embezzled through one of the volunteers.

Ngwenya was also cited for nepotism as the document alleges that she engaged her brother in condom branding position.

“The CEO telephonically engaged bogus consultant out of the project and our budget,” further reads the document.

“The team established that by 10 July 2019 BOFWA staff gratuity provision was P 1 262 468 while the bank account had P 306 865. The organisation accumulated a deficit and has worsened from 2017 to 2018.

BOFWA made an unrestricted loss of P 1 040 269.59 -based on audited reports of the 2018 financial year,” further reads the report.

The BOFWA CEO who has been outside the country this week finally responded to The Voice queries.

“I can confirm that there are allegations against BOFWA and myself. As procedural, it is a matter to be handled by the employer (BOFWA Board) hence I am not at liberty to discuss the matter. For further information kindly contact the BOFWA President.”

Efforts to reach BOFWA president were futile at time of going to press.

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Block 8 nurse challenges Covid-19 test results

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A nurse who allegedly tested positive of Covid-19 during the emergency parliament session has given the Ministry of Health and Wellness up to next week Tuesday to respond to his legal demands as he believes that the test results were fake.

The victim, Morobi Dinao, a nurse at Block 8 Gaborone has made demands that the ministry give him signed results by the person who carried out the laboratory tests.

Dinao was diagnosed at a special parliament sitting in April, his supposed positive results leading to all MPs and those who attended the session to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

According to legal documents from Ndadi law firm, the 37-year-old nurse was admitted at Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital on the 9th of April after he was told he tested positive.

On the 13th he demanded to see his results but was sent from pillar to post and the hospital could not give him the results.

He kept on demanding his results and on the 19th of April he was shown the results through his glass door from outside by one Dr Feledi.

Dinao allegedly asked for a copy of the results but the Doctor said he would revert to him after consulting with his superiors.

He was given his results when he was discharged on the 24th of April.

There was no explanation of the results and the document was also not signed hence the suspicion that they were not authentic.

Some of the things that made him suspicious, he says, are that the specimen submission form that carries his results is markedly from the one he completed on the day of tests.

He says the form does not have the laboratory personnel signature portion yet the one he duly completed had it.

The demands are that MOH should give an account of the delay of initial results.

Dinao’s lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi, told The Voice Online that they are awaiting response to their client’s demands before they can take the next step.

“I do not understand how a doctor can seek for his superior’s permission to give a patient his own results. How do you get admitted without seeing your results and told we are following the instructions to admit you? A lot is questionable in the whole scenario,” said Ndadi.

Ndadi further said he’ll await his client’s instruction before considering any court action.

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No water supply in Maun this weekend

*Main water pipe raptured at Nxaraga

*70% water supply shut down for maintenance work

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Most parts of Maun and surrounding areas are expected to experience a dry spell this weekend as the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) cuts water supply for the next two days.

The department’s head of business, Thabo Ndadi, explained that seventy percent supply of water in and around Maun will be shut down to allow for maintenance of main water pipe to the area.

“This week we discovered that our main water pipe that brings in water from Kunyere boreholes has raptured and thus unable to adequately supply water,” explained Ndadi.

Ndadi further confirmed that they started noticing the leak last month but avoided tempering with it as it was during the lockdown and when the country had just reported first cases of the killer Covid-19 disease.

“Our hope and prayer was that the leak would not become so bad before the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, but the water pressure has gone down and therefore we have to fix the problem and we cannot do it without temporarily cutting the flow,” added Ndadi.

Seventy percent of water supply in Maun is from boreholes along Kunyere river in Nxaraga area, while the other two boreholes in Shashe and Sexaxa make up the remaining thirty percent.

“This effectively means Maun will be running with a seventy percent water shortage and we are pleading with members of the community to use water with extra care,” Ndadi added.

In fact some areas will go dry for over 24 hours and WUC has advised people to store water for weekend use today because from tomorrow, taps will be completely dry. “Many other homes will get water way beyond the 24 hours, because after maintenance the water has to make a long journey to reach the taps, for some it will take 48 hours or so. In fact the whole recovery process takes seven days so, it may be practically impossible to complete the recovery within 24 hours.”

Meanwhile Thamalakane river has started to fill up, but the WUC water treatment plant in Borolong is yet to start pumping water from the river as they have to wait for at least a month for the water “to be of better quality to be processed for consumption. Right now the water volume is still low for such an exercise but the plant is ready to start operations. Already we have begun testing the water for quality and it not yet where we want it to be,” Ndadi said.

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