Nurses lose appeal on new promotion method

Nurses during a strike
Nurses during a strike

The Botswana Nurses Union yesterday lost a case in which they wanted the Court of Appeal (CoA) to overturn a High Court decision, which allowed government to overhaul the method used to promote Ministry of Health staff.

The union had appealed government’s move to externally advertise for promotional vacancies, instead of using the recommendations of heads of department, as was the case until July 2013. They argued that they were never consulted and given a hearing prior to the decision.

Justice Isaac Lesetedi however dismissed the appeal with costs saying that he was unable to find any legitimate expectation on the nurses’ part to be heard before internal advertisements were issued.

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CoA brings sanity to DIS/DCEC long-standing feud

This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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