Saleshando wins against Parliament

Triumphant: Saleshando PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Triumphant: Saleshando PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Gaborone High Court has ordered Parliament to pay an outstanding balance of P225,474 within 30 days to Black Bone (PTY) LTD security, which has been providing services to the Leader of Opposition (LOO), Dumelang Saleshando.

This came after President Mokgweetsi Masisi instructed Parliament not to authorise payments for security details provided to the LOO. In his order, Justice Ookeditse Maphakwane said Saleshando should continue to retain the services of Black Bone for the performance of his lawful entitlement for the provision of private security. He said the government should pay Black Bone for the provision of private security from November 1, 2019 to date and beyond, and even during LOO’s tenure of office. Furthermore, the judge said Saleshando is entitled to the provision of security guards at his private residence and for its payment.

Therefore, the government of Botswana shall provide Saleshando with security guards at his residence during his tenure as the LOO. “The government shall settle all further invoices issued to the provision of private security services to the application during his tenure as the Leader of the Opposition of Parliament. The applicant shall be entitled to the payment of private security through a security company currently (Black Bone) Pty Ltd not currently contracted by the government.

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