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I will not resign – PSP Morupisi

Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi has this week refused to resign amid strong criticism that he is growing and fuelling division between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and ex-President Ian Khama.

“Why? I will not resign. There is no reason for me to,” he told Weekend Post in an interview this week. The PSP insisted to this publication that he is just executing his role in government as the top civil servant getting orders from above. “I am simply doing my job. There is no wrong that I am doing or committing. Not at all,” he further emphasised. According to Morupisi, the role that he is playing especially in relation to handling ex-President Khama is just an issue of ensuring “good governance.” 

He highlighted that: “It’s all about proper governance.” Some observers believe that Morupisi has done more harm than good with regard to bringing peace between Khama and Masisi as a middle man. They say, instead he should have seized the opportunity to mend fences and relations between the two statesmen. The views come few days after Khama, who is an opposition Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Patron, could not take kindly to Morupisi’s letter which he wrote to him informing the latter that government has stricken him off from the position of Vision 2036 Champion. 

However, the PSP has this week told this publication that he will not entertain any response to ex-President Khama’s outrageous letter that attacked the credibility of both government and him personally.  “What he is saying in the letter is not related to the message we conveyed. We relayed a simple message which he took note of (O utlule. A utlwetse a re neng re a mo neela). That’s what matters,” the Office of the President top official said.

He added: “of course everyone (including Khama) has an opinion and they can express their views openly.  It was a bitter pill to swallow. That’s just a non-issue. I don’t want to debate issues that are not even related to our message. As government we will not respond to that.” 
The letter dated 30th July 2019 by Khama was in reply to Morupisi. The ex-president had stated in the letter: “I wish to point out that I publicly resigned from being Champion of Vision 2036 on the 25th May in Serowe. I therefore do not see the point of your letter coming so late on the 25th July and after I had already resigned.”

Of course, he took another shot to the government, “I am aware that late coming is another poor habit in your regime. I took the step at the time as a result of another vindictive decision to remove me as Tourism ambassador.” As you go about your childish antics of trying to relieve or relive me of all the positions I hold, he said, allow me to bring to your attention that I am still the Chancellor of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN).

According to Khama, once that has also been taken away from him, he shall share with the government other positions he holds for similar actions for their kind consideration. He then took a parting shot: “I hope there are no spelling errors in this correspondence as I attempted to avoid any clumsy haste to frustrate.”

Morupisi had earlier stated in his letter to the former president dated 25th July 2019 captioned “immediate removal from role as champion of the Vision 2036 Council” that they have relieved him of the role with immediate effect. “I have been instructed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Botswana, Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, to duly inform you that he has taken the decision to relieve you of the position of Champion of the Vision 2036 Council,” the PSP wrote to Khama.

He further said that for the avoidance of any doubt he be advised that upon receipt of the communique, is immediately relieved as Champion of the Vision 2036 Council. “His Excellency extends his gratitude for the role you have played in the afore-mentioned position and wishes all the best in your future endeavours,” he concluded in the letter.

Meanwhile, the calls for Morupisi to throw in the towel comes following reports last week that he faces possible prosecution and arrest for his role in the Capital Management Botswana (CMB) ongoing corruption scandal. However, earlier this year (in February) the same DCEC in contradiction has confirmed to this publication that there is no endeavour to investigate PSP which could later lead to his prosecution.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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