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BFA to fire Mamelodi despite clean audit

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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is bent on firing its Premier League CEO Bennett Mamelodi despite the latest audit report exonerating him from any financial mismanagement.

Information reaching Pula24 is that the South African audit company that the McLean Letshwiti administration hired for a forensic audit returned a report that showed no financial mismanagement from the BPL CEO. However, an unhappy BFA national executive committee that had expected to find something on Mamelodi is said to have vowed never to work with the CEO who is currently serving a fourth term of suspension. Styles Ntshinogang continues to be the Acting BPL CEO in Mamelodi’s absence.

Initially, a local audit company BDO was engaged to do the forensic audit but also produced a report that showed no wrong doing by Mamelodi. The new BFA administration then engaged the South A frican audit firm ADM Specialised Financial Forensic Services, whose staff has recently spent days in Botswana on the BFA assignment.

At some point, the engagement of the South African company did not please the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) who had wanted to know exactly what the company was doing and why they were engaged after a local company had done the job. At the time however, BFA Acting CEO Susan Lawrence said there was nothing wrong with engaging the firm, adding that they were given permission to conduct the audit at government level and that BICA had no power to block the audit.

This Thursday afternoon the football association announced the sacking of its CEO Kitso Kemoeng and suspension of BPL Finance Manager Mpiwa Bosenogile.

UNWANTED: Suspended Premier League CEO Bennett Mamelodi is reported to be clean despite suspicions of financial mismanagement.

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