NOT AMUSED: Bagwasi

Australian mine boss faces police probe after allegations he called President Khama ‘foolish’ and ‘gay looking’

Police in Maun are investigating a Discovery Metals (DLM) mine boss for allegedly calling President Ian Khama “a foolish and gay looking unmarried man.”

Two former employees who reported the matter to the police, Dipuo Sethembeni, 33, from Francistown and Patrick Bagwasi, 39, from Tutume accused their former boss, Gene Nicholls an Australian, of uttering the rude remarks which they found insulting and demeaning.
Sethembeni, a multi skill operator told The Voice that Nicholls’ made the offensive comments after mine-workers queried their bosses decision not to invite employees to the President’s official opening of the copper mine last month.

When answering the employees questions an irate Nicholls allegedly said that he was not the fool expected to waste his time by going around addressing people about the mine’s official opening. “Your foolish President should have done that, not me,” he is reported to have said.

A staunch BDP supporter and President Khama fan, Bagwasi said that after he heard about the remarks from Sethembeni he was so infuriated that he felt he couldn’t let such a demeaning comment about his President go unchallenged, so he took it upon himself to confront Nicholls.

“ Since I work in a different section of the mine from the one that initially heard him make the insults, I confronted him and asked him to confirm or deny whether he indeed uttered the remarks which were now on many mine workers lips. I wanted to get my facts right before reporting him to the police.”

Bagwasi added: “Nicholls was visibly angry and replied by saying he was sick and tired of the President issue and did not give a damn about it.

“I was with my colleague Nixon Maxala who still works for Discovery Metals and he is ready to testify in court that he indeed heard the man say he did not give a damn about our ‘unmarried and gay looking President.’ ”

Maxala corroborated Bagwasi’s testimony.

Before he was fired Bagwasi claimed he was told to keep the allegations within the confines of the mine premises if he wanted to keep his job.

ACCUSED: Gene Nicholls

“When I insisted that I was going to report the matter to the police I was immediately given a suspension letter which was shortly followed by the termination of my contract,” Bagwasi said.

Meanwhile DLM Managing Director, Brad Sampson denied any knowledge of the issue despite claims by several mine workers that the accused offender, who is reported to be out of the country, was nearly beaten by employees for his alleged remarks until another boss apologised on his behalf.

“I am not personally aware of any conversation between Nicholls and other staff at the mine and cannot comment on that. But what I can state is that DML has an extremely high degree of respect for the President and Government of Botswana.”

Nicholls could not be reached for a comment at the time of going to press since his employers declined to divulge any information on his whereabouts.

Confirming police involvement in the matter, Head of Public Relations Unit for Botswana Police, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa said that the police were investigating such a case.

He added that once their investigations were complete they would hand over the docket to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to decide on whether to prosecute or not.

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mhata

YOUR AR JUST REPORTING THIS ISSUE JUST BECOUSE YOU ARE FIRED SO O BATLA REVENGE SHAME KANA O BATLA FELA GORE NICK LE ENE A KOBIWE……..BORING A KO O YE GO GOLA TU!

I cant say what this man alleges is a matter of fact. Maare whatI have heard ke gore those guys ba ma Australia at DML ABUSE BLACKS AND SERIOUS RACIST. I understand they insult a black man like nobody’s business. Its high time this guys are shown that they are in Africa and ought to respect Africans. A LOT OF GUYS ARE RESIGNING DUE TO SUCH FRUSTRATIONS.

phomphoko

@mhata do u even know why he was fired did u read why he was fired kana o dira mo go teng mmualebe o bua la gagwe

pierre

In Bagwasi, i only see a bitter man – no truth at all!!!

mhata

@phomphoko am not bagwasi nor Nicholls jst comment an o tlogele go commentr di respond tsa batho an learn to mind your own business ok LEBE LA GAGO KE ENG WENA……..?YEP BAGWASI O BITTER

stacy

@mhata i don think u hear the story ryt. this man was fired because he reported the issue. he did not report the issue because he was fired, but because he was concerned about what is said about our president…

cheerful

If Crocodile Dundee will ever return then he must be questioned to get the truth.

phomphoko

@mhata who said u bagwasi or nicholls do u even know tht line of mind ur own business mean or o e bua hela cos wa itse??? dnt try be makgakganyana mo go nna ke go buisa sente

Chris M

We shouldn’t entertain such bull! When these as*holes disrespect the president, it shows how they don’t respect us as a nation. Bagwasi was right! They should have beaten his as* up to teach him manners!

Kgogomodumo

Eseng mogo morwa Kgama! Nicholls aa hagolwe!

neetah

mxm Bagwasi o bitter tota,ke belaela a kobilwe b4 aya go reporta,gagona monna hela oka tlogelang tiro goya go reporta yone kgang e

Semausu

“When I insisted that I was going to report the matter to the police I was immediately given a suspension letter which was shortly followed by the termination of my contract,” Bagwasi said., which means this guy was fired b4 he went to report this issue.

Carefokon

Law must be excercised in these people ba ba claimang gore tautona o tlhapaditswe ke go rata bolope le attention fela there is nothing wrong how are we to prove it kena le loose kends jaana mo ke bo bitter hela o jel;e span boss

mhata

@PHOMPHIII SHAME KE YONE COMMENT YA GAGO?…….DIGOLE TSE DI TSWHANANG LE WENA JAANA DIA TLHOKOMOLOGA!!!!AN KE MAKGAKGA KA STYLE GAPE KE TSETSWE LE ONE OR GA O ISE O UTLWALELE MORAFE O GO TWENG BAKGATLHA……………..BOTSA KA BONE

@tshek

hehehehe….jeeeerrrreee baa ba tshamekela mo kgosing yame.

cheerful

Someone at the Ccompany should have added something like:

“Whilst we do not tolerate such behaviour in a workplace,we shall investigate the matter”

@tshek

Hi blogers any one that knows about the wereabouts of Total i mis his comments.kante o ko masimomong…

malema ''The Great''

heeiii malope they thought maybe they will have transfer to debswana after ba lopela…haaaahaaaaaaa

phomphoko

@mhata jaanong gwa reng aole mokgata nna ke mmirwa

mhata

A SETLHODI………….

karabelo@mlangeni

bo bagwasi the ke bo mathandi zinto, o ya go nna sboko go fitlhela leng, mokgwa oo wa segalona, ga se ko north bots, rona bo mlangeni rea o itse, le njala, bo lope.

Tips

@mhata: you need to come down neh. Ga go lowe, Bagwasi is doing his business and if there is anyone that needs to mind their own business is you. And nna rra ke mo Kgatla, o seka wa batla go re tlhabisa ditlhong. O tloka botho wa re ke ka gore o mo Kgatla! So what!? O seka wa dira tse o di dirang in the name of Bakgatla mxm!

mhata

@tips gatwe go eng jaanong erile bonnyaneng jwa gago o ratile go itshunyatshunya mo dilong tse di sa go ameng ke eng………o a poka le wna ke go tlhokomologa

Real Motswana

There’s a thin line between patriotism le bolope!!!!,…and rre Bagwasi knows deep down that he has crossed it!!!!!!

Mmuwa lebe

hayebo!!Batswana bolope re a bo itse.
Bagwasi learn to mind ur own i mean kana le wena they are people ho bad mouth u bt no one tells u,so why wena o le concerned so much dat u end up lossing ur job o kare o ka losa ur case wth costs.

memos 28

Heela bo ndaki ke mathata,jaanon ga go setse go kgakgauthana lona jaana di commentators how r we going to get to the bottom of this? Ga lona bosupi ja gre go diragetseng so stop it lo ne lo seo

Chris M

What does the word ‘Lelope’ mean in this context and on debate of issues of national interest? People use this word inappropriately and show startling intellectual ineptitude by doing so. Don’t try to stifle free expression of opinion with silly labels and jibes if you don’t have anything of value with which to counter what others say!

racism and patriotism aside… the man does look and act very gay…

kmaps

Bagwasi is powerfull

Glasco

Waitse batswaka barehithetse. Ke gore bareroga gorata le gobona. Ke lantha ba bona lehatshe le motswakwa o totwang jaana.

cheerful

“Nicholls allegedly said that he was not the fool expected to waste his time by going around addressing people about the mine’s official opening. “Your foolish President should have done that, not me,” he is reported to have said.” If he did says this – surely he should have chosen his words carefully as a “MANAGER” and either directed them to someonelse in the company if he was not interested. “he did not give a damn about our ‘unmarried and gay looking President.’ ” Someone should have told him it is none of his business to describe people by their… Read more »

cheerful

“Before he was fired Bagwasi claimed he was told to keep the allegations within the confines of the mine premises if he wanted to keep his job.” – no mention who told the person this.

The person who confronted the Manager on what he supposedly uttered should have also tried to find someone above this Manager to find enquire why an invitation was not extended to employees to the opening and report what the Manager had said.

cheerful

he should have chosen his words carefully as a “MANAGER to avoid confrontation” Very strange that an invitation was not extended to employees to the opening (?????)

cheerful

If he did utter these words if this was said to me i would tell him what an ignorant person he is because he should be aware who the best hairdressers and fashion designers are in the world??

Chris M

This guy is nothing but a homophobic id*ot who despite being respected by our people has no respect for us if he could disrespect the president this way! Are we supposed to turn the other cheek every time? I would have shopped him too to teach manners! I wouldn’t stand for this!

Concerned

Guys this is no time or place for you to be getting a go at each other (Mhudi and Phomphokwe) or whatever your mames are, this is the biggest problem that we batswana have there is never a time that we believe in each other and we always think the worst of the next people and it is this little fact that will make us remain a very poor nation for ever…Nna i have experienced the kind of abuse that Bagwasi is talking about and it drove me away from the industry i loved and that i still love because… Read more »