His Excellency the President Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi has accepted a resignation from Judge Michael Letsogile Mothobi.
Mothobi submitted an early retirement for ill health reasons. Mothobi is completing Ten (10) years in the position since he was appointed by former President His Excellency Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama in 2011.
However, Judge Mothobi will attend to cases which are due before him for the next Six (6) months while other matters will be handled by other judges.
“Judge Mothobi will serve a six (6) month notice period effective immediately, which will be devoted entirely to handing down pending judgments and rulings, as well as completing very advanced part-heard cases. Other matters pending before Judge Mothobi will be assigned to, and be brought for roll call before the Chief Justice, Judge Dr. Zein Kebonang and Acting Judge Boipuso Tshweneyagae.” Juliana A. Dube, wrote on behalf of the Judicial Service Commission.
Mothobi’s resignation comes at a time when there has been reports of other mass resignations from the public service, as well as reshuffles. Among other reported resignations is that of Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA) Director Dr. Abraham Sethibe who qouted “personal endeavors”. Head of counterterrorism at the Office of the President- Gwaes Kooagile also retired yesterday.
Some political party and social media commentators are of the view that these numerous resignations, early retirements and appointments are a sign that something is not alright within the government. Of recent the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) have issued out statements condemning the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). According to the two parties and other social media commentators, this shows confusion on the side of the government, while incoviniencing the civil servants. They say in these times of the pandemic consistency is very important to maintain continuity rather than confusing workers with frequent change in leadership.