All hell broke loose at Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) on Friday as security agents raided offices of the embattled corporation and made some arrests. Allegations are that security agents have been investigating allegations that some staff members embellished their CVs and qualifications when employed by the corporation. Some are said to have claimed to possess Masters Degrees and Bachelors’ Degrees when they did not, which secured them employment at BTCL. Before the raid on Friday, the BTCL board moved fast on Tuesday and fired the General Manager -Human Resources Joy-Marie Marebole. Other managers are reported to have been taken in for questioning over allegations of fraud and misleading a public officer.
Unconfirmed reports also alleged that BTCL boss Paul Taylor, was also taken in for questioning around 5pm on Friday by agents from the serious crime squad, DIS and DCEC. BTCL Corporate Communications Manager Golekanye Molapisi has denied knowledge of any raid or investigation at the corporation, "which I would be aware of except if it is a personal matter". He denied that Taylor was arrested. He, however, confirmed that the HR Director's employment has been terminated. "I do not know where you get all these allegations from. If any employee was arrested we would know about it. Maybe someone saw people leaving our offices with the police and assumed that they were effecting an arrest," he said.
Molapisi, however, confirmed the dismissal of the HR General Manager. "I can only confirm that a memo was put up yesterday (Thursday) announcing that the General Manager for HR (Marebole) is no longer with the corporation as stakeholders (the Board) have discontinued the relationship with her," he said. Another source at BTCL said on Wednesday there was a meeting between the trade union and management where one member of the union was arrested by the police for a matter unrelated to the corporation. He said the police had been looking for the suspect employee over allegations of attempted murder against someone he had fired a gun at. The suspect is reportedly detained in Serowe.