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Money squabbles rock broke BONA

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Some Botswana Netball Association (BONA) affiliates choked on their words this past weekend at the realization that the BONA bank account might be running completely dry.

When former Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego stepped down in 2017, she announced that she leaves BONA with a bank account worth P500 000. The information is retrieved from the captured 2017 BONA AGM minutes.

Nevertheless, at the association Annual General Meeting held in Gaborone over the weekend, BONA Secretary General Kebatenne Hulela announced that when they assumed office, taking over from Sebego, BONA did not have the P500 000, but figures were way below the said amount.

Hulela’s announcement was met with an uproar from the floor, affiliates up in arms and demanding that Hulela explain further. Others even questioned if Sebego sold them a fairy tale and if so, why the committee has been silent on the matter. In the heated moment of clear disappointment and displeasure that had evoked many emotions in the room, Hulela tried to calm the situation by explaining that the funds had been gobbled by debts coming from hosting the Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC).

The NWYC was held in Botswana in July 2017, while the BONA elective AGM was held in October 2017. “It is possible that the previous committee might have checked the bank balance two days before coming for the AGM and within those two days, many invoices might have come through demanding payment,” she said.

It seemed however that her explanation did not hit home for some as more murmuring continued to fill the room until one member of Flying Hawks club raised a concern that BONA sold them a dummy. “You gave us a wrong picture of what was on the ground, why is it that the current leadership never bothered to inform us at the realization that things were not as they had expected,” she questioned.

Again, it was questioned whether it was really sincere for Sebego to have announced that the BONA bank account was healthy while she knew that they have overwhelming debts that needed to be paid. She argued that it had been only three months after the world cup event was held and if indeed there were steep debts to be paid, the former president should have been aware.

It does not help that BONA has since 2017 not been able to fully discuss the association’s financial affairs, even the weekend meeting saw the compiled financial report deemed incomplete and deferred to a date to be communicated.

Meanwhile, despite Hulela not mentioning figures at the AGM, one member of the current executive committee reliably informed Sun Sport that they found only P350 000 in the account. However, they still had to pay three more big companies with AT&T Monnakgotla Travel and Tours Office alleged to have been owed over P53 000. In addition, the AGM costs had not been deducted from that said P500 000 and the total expenses were over P100 000.

“The AGM expenses were over P100 000 because of accommodation costs and all, remember the AGM was held at the Majestic Hotel in Palapye, by the end of the week, that P350 000 was all gone after paying just a few service providers,” said the source that spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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