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Khama war pays Mogae, Masire

Publishing Date : 15 October, 2018

Author : TEBOGO KGALEMANG

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has last month paid three former presidents entertainment allowances backdating from the time of their retirements.

WeekendPost is reliably informed that this came after former President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama tried to engage attorney Dick Bayford to sue government for denying him the said allowance; State media coverage and to challenge the decision of government requesting him to route his official correspondences through the Office of the President.


Clause7 (a) of Presidents (Pensions and Retirement Benefits) states that among other benefits that ex-presidents enjoy is ‘Entertainment allowance as may be determined by the president.’  The law has always been there since the retirement of Sir Ketumile Masire though it has never been implemented.


Contacted for comment on Thursday, Permanent Secretary to the President Cater Morupisi confirmed that the three presidents have since been paid, “But with Masire, we are just waiting for his family to decide where to transfer his money,” Morupisi said, adding that the trio were paid at a rate of P984 per month. Khama had prior to this development written to Water Affairs Department requesting them to assist with assessing the conditions of the natural water springs at his farm in Chadibe.


“The springs have been used for watering plants and livestock for many years, however their yield has since drastically gone down, hence our request,” reads the letter signed by one Letsholo for senior private secretary to Khama about two months ago. In responding, the Director of Water Affairs, Bogadi Mathangwane requested them to channel their correspondence through the Office of the President.


It is said that, upon receiving the instruction from Khama, Bayford dilly-dallied to go ahead with a notice to sue, but demanded that he be allowed to first meet with Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe and get things straight.  “He eventually met with Keetshabe and his assessment was nothing to sue for. It was just a matter of the two parties talking issues and coming up with solutions,” said a source.


“The outcome of the meeting was that payments would be made as soon as possible as it was just an oversight. Even him (Khama) had failed to pay other former presidents. It was also agreed that State media will cover Khama as and when resources are available and that it was not responsibility of government to assess his farm.”


On his part, Khama told this publication on Tuesday that government apologized to refusing to assist him at his farm and that other requested were cleared up. Attorney General Keetshabe would not be drawn into discussions: “As government lawyers, we maintain confidentiality on all communication with our clients. We are therefore unable to discuss such matters in public,” he said. WeekendPost was unable to solicit for a comment from attorney Bayford on the matter at the time of going to press.

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