- Otlhogile allegedly fails to pay P150 000 controversial loan from the trust
- Trust instructs its lawyer to act on its behalf
- He is accused of office abuse as TAC chairman
- The deputy DC denies the loan reports
Sankoyo Tshwaragano Management Trust has resorted to take legal actions against Ngamiland Deputy District Commissioner (DC), Boammaruri Otlhogile over his P150 000 debt to the trust.
Otlhogile reportedly solicited the loan in July 2022 through his company Inter Investments in a shady deal that was initially kept a secret from other board members. The deputy district commissioner who was to have fully serviced the loan by in September is said to have since failed to do so.
According to the trust’s constitution, a loan can only be authorised by the general membership of the trust, but in this instance it is alleged the people who knew about it were the Manager, Chairperson and vice chairperson while other board members and the general membership were in the dark.
Otlhogile’s troubles began early this year after he wrote a letter seeking an extension of payment for the said loan and the letter somehow landed in the hands of other board members and staff members who were unaware of the deal.
After failing to pay within the agreed period, the trust now intends to sue the deputy district commissioner.
STMT’s Acting Manager Ramah Samakata has confirmed that they have since referred the matter to the trust lawyer Clifford Foroma of Foroma and Associates who has since served Otlhogile with court papers.
Samakata noted that they decided to take the legal route since Otlhogile failed to pay the loan by mid-January, a period he was given by trust members during a general meeting in Sankoyo village.
“After a meeting in Sankoyo, a letter was written to Otlhogile to notify him that he was given until mid-January to have paid the loan, he however failed to honor that so we have taken the legal route as per the agreement made by Sankoyo Trust beneficiaries,” Samakata revealed.
Samakata said the trust is doing what it has been ordered to do by its beneficiaries, a move which he said is in line with their constitution.
After the issue surfaced the trust held a special general meeting in which Sankoyo community heavily criticised Otlhogile whom they condemned for having used his position and office as Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee which advises community trusts for personal gain trust.
Reached for comment Otlhogile shockingly said he does not know anything about the said loan despite a letter bearing his signatures seeking an extension of payment of a loan which was availed in Sankoyo Tshwaragano Management Trust offices.