The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has asked the Department of Labour to grant them three weeks to sort out their internal business before making an appearance following a dispute with their former employees.
This came after the chairperson for the labour committee refused to represent the party in a case in which two former employees had taken their employer (BDP) to labour, The Monitor has learnt.
According to a source, the case was supposed to have been heard last week, but was postponed due to the employer’s reasons.
The two former employees had taken their employer to labour for unfair dismissal.
“The BDP failed to appear for mediation, which the Labour department has called on January 16, 2019. “But the shocking part was when the department wrote to them demanding the reason for their non-appearance for mediation. Instead, the party executive secretary, Merapelo Moloise came with a letter claiming that there was an appeal concerning their dismissal that the party was yet to decide on and asked that they be given three weeks,” the source said.
The two former employees were suspended by the BDP for tempering with the voters’ roll ahead of primary elections.
They were suspended in August 2018 and dismissed on November 9, 2018.
They were told to appeal their dismissal within five days, but no correspondence regarding their appeal has been received.
The former employees, according to a source only learnt that their appeal will be decided when the BDP was supposed to come for hearing at the Labour department.
The former employees believe that their hearing was not conducted fairly by the employer and there were no reasons and no evidence against the charge that they were alleged to be facing.
“The entire procedure was not followed accordingly. Rather, it was treated as if it were a political matter. The complainant was never called during the hearing, but the matter continued and they (the accused) were found guilty,” another source said.
BDP chairperson of communication and international relations, Kagelelo Kentse declined to discuss the issue because it was internal.