BFA fires Premier League CEO, faces court battle
By Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone – The Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s troubles rumbled on after the association terminated beleaguered Botswana Premier League chief executive officer, Bennett Mamelodi’s contract but now face a prolonged court battle. Mamelodi’s lawyer, Dutch Leburu has said they will take the battle back to court in a bid to reinstate his client, who has been on suspension since March 2016.BFA, which runs the affairs of the BPL, said it was necessary to terminate Mamelodi’s contract and move forward. But Leburu argues the chapter cannot be closed in that clumsy manner, meaning the battle rumbles on.
Mamelodi and the BFA have been to court before, with the administrator challenging his suspension and charges of misconduct.
The BFA carried out a forensic audit in the wake of Mamelodi’s suspension, with authorities at Lekidi Centre, the association’s headquarters, saying the probe had unearthed massive maladministration including financial impropriety.
“We have terminated his contract and he was ok with it,” new BFA chief executive officer, Ookeditse Malesu said.
But Mamelodi’s lawyer said they would take the fight down to the last ounce.
“We are taking the legal route,” Leburu said.
Mamelodi’s suspension came after the BPL exhausted its budget midway through the 2015/2016 season, which left the BFA organ P6million in the red.
The forensic report fingers Mamelodi as having made unauthorized transactions, a charge which he denies.
He was supposed to be hauled before a disciplinary committee for a hearing but went to court instead, to stop the process.
However, the court ordered that Mamelodi faces the disciplinary process and if he is aggrieved, can always seek recourse from the courts.
He was then dismissed before the disciplinary process could conclude.