‘I was almost beaten up'- Mhotsha

Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) Secretary General, Gadzani Mhotsha says he was threatened and almost assaulted by Botswana Federation of Public sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) Secretary for Labour, Johnson Motshwarakgole at the just ended 2017 International Labour Conference (ILC) that was recently held in Geneva.

Mhotsha said Motshwarakgole made some utterances and called him a government bootlicker.

When addressing a press briefing this week, Mhotsha said Motshwarakgole told him: ‘O mosimanyana, ga o kake wa nthe sepe, keta go bontsha gompieno. Lelatswathipa la ga goromente o jele, o kgotshe,’ loosely translated to mean that Mhotsha is a small boy and a government bootlicker who cannot touch him.

The conference meets annually in June in Geneva, Switzerland and it functions through committees with the aim of crafting and adopting international labour standards in the form of conventions and recommendations.

It is a forum where social and labour questions of importance to the entire labour world are discussed freely.

Meanwhile Motshwarakgole has denied ever making any rude utterances towards Mhotsha as they were all transported to Geneva by the government.

He said that a unanimous decision for BOFEPUSU to be the advisor to BFTU was reached at the conference prior to the conference in Geneva but once there, Mhotsha changed the agreement and made BOPEU the BFTU advisor instead.

“Who is he, he cannot remove a federation and replace it with a union,” he said.

Motshwarakgole further said the decision caused a disagreement which is still ongoing.

He further said that he heard rumors that Mhotsha has launched a complainant before International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, Tshenolo Mabeo that he assaulted him in Geneva.

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