BOPEU recalls Gabobake as BFTU President

• Gabobake objects decision to remove him

BOPEU recalls Gabobake as BFTU President
BFTU and BOFEPUSU sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the cooperation on the common ground of the labour movement issues in Gaborone on 18 March 2021. Gabobake during the signing ceremony. (Pic: MONIRUL BHUIYAN/PRESS PHOTO)

The Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) has recalled its member, Martin Gabobake from the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) Presidency, the union announced last week Wednesday.


“Please note that we received communication from BOPEU on the 18th March 2021 informing the Federation that the union has taken a decision to recall its member, Cde Martin Gabobake, from the BFTU president position with immediate effect from the date of receipt of this letter,” BFTU said in a statement.

According to BFTU, the Executive Board had time to carefully consider the effects and consequences of such a decision including the way forward since the BFTU presidency was rendered vacant.

Announcing the interim leader, BFTU said: “affiliates are hereby informed that as per the BFTU constitution, Cde Martha Molema will be Acting President until the next General Council meeting where the Council will decide on the position going forward.”

However, the statement notes that the immediate past president raised his disapproval over the decision to remove him as president.

“It should be noted that Cde Gabobake has raised an objection to the cessation of his membership to the Executive Board and President position raising constitutional issues that need interpretation of the General Council,” BFTU Secretary General, Thusanang Butale, wrote in the statement.

According to the statement, an emergency General Council meeting will be convened which will deal with preparations for the upcoming May Day, Delegates congress and President position.

It is anticipated that the emergency meeting will be on the 15th April at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Cde Gabobake was co-opted to the presidency by the BFTU board in 2019. This was after the retirement of its then president, Bohithetswe Lentswe.