BOPEU applies for Justice Solo to recuse himself

High Court Judges during legal year proceedings.Pic.Kagiso Onkatswitse
High Court Judges during legal year proceedings.Pic.Kagiso Onkatswitse

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) has applied for Justice Professor Kholisani Solo to recuse himself from a case in which one of its members has taken the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) to court for unfair dismissal.

The applicant in the matter is Levi Holonga who used to work as an airport operations officer while CAAB and its director of airport operations, Justice Masole, are cited as the first and second respondents respectively. The union is funding Holonga’s litigation, while Thabiso Olatotse is the CAAB attorney.

In his notice of motion, the applicant’s attorney, Otto Itumeleng, said that the matter should be stayed pending “verification of loyalty and apology allegations” attributed to Solo. He prayed with the court to grant them alternative relief. Holonga said that the basis upon which the application is premised is that he came across newspaper articles in the Sunday Standard entitled Secret Documents Raise Questions about Botswana’s Independence of the Judiciary and another entitled Botswana’s Judiciary Loses its Halo Effect.

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