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SADC abruptly stops directors’ job interviews

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SADC secretariat executive management led by Dr Stergomena Lawrance- Tax continues to contradict itself in its management practices. In the latest turn of events at the headquarters of the regional economic bloc the secretariat allegedly flouted SADC rules and regulations on the quota system requirement when shortlisting for 12 vacant regional positions which were due for replacement.

SADC sources say the latest may be a sign that the member states quota points system is open to abuse if not properly monitored. The matter has sparked questions as to how many regional staff could have benefitted despite their respective countries having exhausted their quota.
Dr. Tax was last Friday forced to issue a directive to all stakeholders ordering that the ongoing recruitment should strictly adhere to SADC rules and procedures, including adherence to a quota points systems.

Dr. Tax’s directive was directed at her deputy executive secretary Emile Moshobekwa, HR director Russell Mufaya and Head of Human Resource Hendricks Tonde. A document dated 13 November 2015 headlined “Ongoing recruitment” that the Midweek Sun has seen reads in part, “As resolved in management, the ongoing recruitments, that have shortlisted candidates from countries without quotas points should not proceed so as to avoid wastage of public funds, institutional time necessary complains. Reports of such interviews will not enable the organization to recruit any candidate from countries that have exhausted quota points.

A fresh shortlisting should be undertaken to include countries with quota points.” Ironically, Tax’s management only realised this week that regulations have been flouted despite allegedly having earlier given the process followed to shortlist names of the candidates, the thumps up.

Management approved reviews
The Midweek Sun has learnt that SADC management including Dr. Tax allegedly reviewed and approved Human Resources directorate to proceed and resource for the positions. The Midweek Sun is possession of authentic documents signed by Tax approving names of the shortlisted candidates. So far, interviews of the seven of the 12 vacant positions have been conducted with those showing potential being shortlisted. A memo from Human Resources titled ‘Short-listing report: selection of candidates’ held at SADC headquarters from 2 September 2015 – 16 September 2015 reads in part: “The human resources unit is pleased to submit to the Executive Secretary a report containing results of a short listing exercise for 7 regional positions in the SADC secretariat structure.

The short listing was conducted in accordance with Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Policy which is based on identifying candidates who best match the requirements of the respective positions they have applied for.” The memo further sates that out of the 11 regional positions, which were advertised in May 2015, only seven positions were shortlisted. The remaining four positions still pending due to unavailability of panelists were senior finance officer – financial accounting and treasury, senior officer records and archives management, librarian and human resources officer- payroll. The memorandum concluded that the selection committees were constituted in line with the recruitment selection and appointment policy.

How the quota systems works
Each of the 15 member states have been allocated 120 points apiece and required quota points are deducted from the member states once their respective nationals are offered a position at the secretariat. If the system is followed to the letter, then there is a stage where nationals of some of the members’ states are barred from applying whenever there is a vacancy that needs more than the quota points they are left with.
 The points are rated according to the position of the officer, for example the Executive secretary’s position is allocated 30, deputy executive secretary is allocated 23 points, with Directors (19), senior officer 16 and officer 12 points.

Authentic and updated documents indicate that as of 1 November 2015 members states had utilised their points as follow, Angola 35 left with a balance of 85 points, Botswana 115 points left with 5, DR Congo 68, (52), Lesotho 120 points (0), Madagascar 28 (92), Malawi 116 (4), Mauritius 113 (7), Mozambique 61 (59), Namibia 97 (23), South Africa 23 (97) Seychelles 12 (108) Swaziland 106 (14), Tanzania 84 (36), Zambia 119 (1) and Zimbabwe 112 (8).

Position offered and contracts
 It is alleged that some countries have benefitted over others as their nationals have been employed despite the fact that they either exhausted their points quota or they have less than the points required for such officer to be employed.

Tickets cancelled
The Midweek Sun is in possession of authentic documents that show that at the time when Dr Tax management cancelled the interviews for the remaining four positions at least 10 candidates had already been shortlisted and booked flight tickets to attend the interviews. The Midweek Sun is in possession of authentic documents showing the names of the 10 candidates and their confirmed flights from destinations such as Kasane in Botswana; two from Lusaka (Zambia), two from Dar es Salam (Tanzania), Johannesburg (South Africa), Maputo (Mozambique), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Windhoek (Namibia) and Manzini (Swaziland). The flight tickets for candidates coming for interviews were booked at total cost of P139, 973, 00. It is suspected that the move to cancel the interviews may open a can of worms for SADC as the candidates may sue SADC for the inconvenience suffered.

The internal audit
The Midweek Sun has reliably learnt that this week, the SADC audit is currently going on at SADC. It is alleged that amongst other items on the agenda is lawsuit that SADC is facing following breach of contract.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC

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Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.

He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.

“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.

So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.

He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”

Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.

He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.

According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

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In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.

In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.

“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.

The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.

At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.

Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.

The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.

The Prophet responds
Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.

It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.

The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.

This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.

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