BCP drops Merafhe lawsuit

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The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has dropped the lawsuit over the pension for former vice president, the late Mompati Merafhe, but is still pursuing President Ian Khama over the Green Book.

Last year the BCP instituted a lawsuit  against Khama declaring the Green Book [Executive Conditions of Service] unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional and a nullity and of no force and effect, and his revision of Merafhe’s pension without the knowledge of Parliament.  The BCP secretary general Kesitegile Gobotswang confirmed this week that the central committee recently resolved to pursue the matter with some modifications. “We agreed to pursue the legality of using the Green Book by President Khama with some modifications. The part where we demanded the late former vice president Mompati Merafhe to pay back the money will be now left out,” explained Gobotswang.

The opposition party reached this decision after the death of Merafhe last month. “The man has passed on and how do you sue a dead man?  We cannot see ourselves suing a dead man despite his estate,” said Gobotswang.

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