BISA treasurer suspension: Who’s fooling who?

Questions asked: Gaotlhobogwe PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Questions asked: Gaotlhobogwe PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

There seems to be more than what meets the eye regarding the suspension of the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) treasurer, Tapiwa Kengaletswe. The executive committee remains mum on the suspension, insisting it is an internal matter. However, sources say the suspension has nothing to do with Kengaletswe but that some other hands were caught in the cookie jar.

The treasurer was suspended last year (May) for three months pending a disciplinary hearing. The decision to suspend Kengaletswe was taken during a meeting held at Oasis Motel on May 7, 2021. The suspension was until the end of August but it was extended to November. “Ask them how many times have they extended the suspension,” a source said. According to information reaching Mmegi Sport, the executive committee is avoiding discussing the suspension of Kengaletswe because there are many dynamics surrounding it and some of them are involved. “The treasurer is just being used as a scapegoat. She was just ensuring that funds are used well and that did not go well with others. Even now there is a case involving some of them regarding funds,” the source further said.

The suspension is seen as a cover-up for others' 'sin'. “BISA has funds and they have always been there hence recently the secretary-general (Harold Mosomane) and the president were able to travel to Morocco for the Africa School Sport and the International School Sport Federation (ISSF) assembly that was held in France. Why did they travel when there are no BISA activities? Where are they reporting the information that they brought from the assembly,” the official added. Kengaletswe was reportedly seen as insubordinate as she refused to take unjust orders from the executive committee. “She was refusing to authorise payment, which under normal circumstances was going to lead to misuse of funds. She was instructed to pay members of the Joint Task Team and BISA funds were not supposed to pay those people.

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