21 October 2008:
High Court Orders Princess Marina Hospital Doctors to Give Evidence
Yesterday, Justice Lesetedi of the Lobatse High Court ordered the Princess Marina Hospital doctors to give sworn evidence in a case involving our client Minkie Nkobi and the Ministry Of Works and Transport.
The brief allegations of the case are that Nkobi was unlawfully retired from the Public Service on the basis of a wrong medical board examination. Our Client contends that she was examined by the medical board in September 2007 and the said Ministry claims the exam was done on the 7th March 2008. There is also a medical exam report indicating that the exam was done in March 2008. Strikingly in the said date in March our client was on duty and had worked overtime. It is also interesting to note that at the time our client was dismissed, she was returning from a 36 days long trip to Kasane, Maun and surrounding villages.
The Judge ordered that doctors who are said to have examined client write the affidavits to explain the situation in 14 days. Furthermore client supervisors were also ordered to write affidavits giving an insight on the performance of our client. This is because one of the supervisors had previously written a savingram to the Permanent Secretary of the said Ministry indicating that client was devoted, loyal and hardworking person and willing to work overtime at any time she was required to without complaining.
The lawyers are to appear in court on the 24th November 2008 for the initial case management with the Judge. Our Mr Uyapo Ndadi represents Ms Nkobi and Mr Nchunga Nchunga represents the Ministry.