As the million Pula deals start to vanish from the Khama associated clique, those coming into the picture are already tussling in the courts over deals gone sour.
Stoic and fearless Monametsi Kalayamotho has dragged a giant Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Botswana and the Botswana Police Service and another local information technology company to court over failure to honour an agreement related to the P200 million valued Safer City Solutions project.Kalayamotho’s Moon Stone Capital is demanding close to P11 million (USD 1, 046, 640.00) as at the date of judgement from Huawei technologies and Dynamix Ltd, jointly and severally one paying the other to be adsolved, as damages for loss of profits suffered as a result of the two’s repudiation of the Agreements entered into.
The then Ministry of Transport and Communications had issued Expression of Interest (EOI) for the provision of Safer City Solution. Kalayamotho’s Moon Stone and Huwaei Technologies agreed to jointly respond to the Expression of Interest, the Huawei technologies being the lead partner, while Moon Stone was the main citizen owned subcontractor and Huawei International Pty Ltd being the plaintiff’s non-citizen subcontractor, with a view to further jointly respond to the tender and to jointly execute it in the event their Expression of Interest was successful and in the event that their tender offer will be successful (the first agreement).
Kalayamotho represented Moon Stone in his capacity as Director and Chief executive Officer, while Huawei Technologies was represented by Abel Dengfeng as its Managing Director, this was in December 2014. “The first agreement was oral, alternatively tacit and further alternatively contained implied terms.” In this Agreement, Huawei Technologies was to be awarded the tender and was to subcontract 30% of the work to Moon Stone.
To demonstrate the breach of the First Agreement and Alternatively the Second Agreement, Kalayamotho and Moon Stone allege that Huawei Technologies, subsequent to the award of the tender, had substantively allocated the work originally allocated to the Moon Stone in terms of the “Responsibility matrix to Dynamix thereby precluding Moon Stone from executing the tender as agreed and receiving the remuneration for the work which was carried out by the Moon Stone.”
Kalayamotho further states that by Dynamix by colluding with Huawei Technologies Botswana to exclude Moon Stone from execution of the tender, this demonstrates conduct which evinces an intention to repudiate the Agreement therefore he is seeking damages. Moon Stone is also demanding interest amounts at the rate of 10% per annum calculated from the date of full and final payment.
The provision of Safer City Solution tender, which Huawei Technologies Botswana through Kalayamotho’s company Moonstone won, is valued at approximately P200 million and had been put on hold since 2015 until early this year when President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi took over as the President of Botswana.
About 200 companies had applied for the tender and later shortlisted to 50. The companies were then cut to five local companies, partnering with international companies being Moonstone, Noroc, Defence Concepts, Botswana Telecommunications and Seleka Springs which is owned by Khama brothers, Tshekedi and Antony.
At one point Kalayamotho was one of President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s trusted allies. As a renowned tenderpreneur Kalayamotho is one of those who help finance Camp Dubai in 2017 which pushed the election of Masisi as a party chairman. The controversial tender award has also attracted strong opposition from the United States Embassy owing to the involvement of Chinese Multinational, Huawei Technologies
Contacted for comment Monametsi Kalayamotho confirmed to WeekendPost that indeed he entered into a consortium with Huawei and another local company ICT Dynamix. He said the idea to bring on board ICT is because there was a requirement for IST, and they were awarded the tender together with Huawei as the main bidder and others as sub-contractors.
THE SAFER CITY PROJECT
The Commissioner of Police Mr Keabetswe Makgophe and the Managing Director of Huawei Botswana Mr Ren Fujun commissioned the project by signing a two year contract ON January 2018.â€¨â€¨Speaking after the contract signing ceremony then, Commissioner Makgope said the project was necessary for the police’s delivery of effective policing to Batswana through the use of advanced and world-class means like surveillance cameras.
â€¨â€¨The police boss added that through the project Batswana will realize crime free streets and improved security in general. Commissioner Makgope noted that as Botswana develops and advances economically and becomes part of the global world it also becomes vulnerable to high profile criminals and organized criminal undertakings therefore the Police as the custodians of every day security and safety must also up their standards of policing in order to keep the city safer.â€¨â€¨
Botswana Government took a deliberate decision to turn Gaborone into world-class premier city of investment and international trade and package it as a Diamond City following the relocation of De Beers Global sight holders centre to the Botswana. Makgophe also revealed that the safer city project will after implementation in Gaborone later proceed to Francistown in the 2018/19 financial year.
Both Gaborone and Francistown, being the country’s premier cities house two special economic zones being the diamond &investment enclave around the Sir Seretse Khama Airport area and also the Northern Transport & Logistic hub respectively.â€¨â€¨“These are multi Million pula projects and they intended to keep Gaborone and Francistown cities much safer and secure by virtue of being the major centres of development and economic drivers for the country,” said Makgope.
“We intend to roll out the project to other parts of the country in future if it proves to be sustainable and effective as well as if funds permit,” he added. The managing Director of Huawei Botswana, Mr Ren Fujun underscored that his company was more than delighted to be part of a national project that intends to keep Botswana safer and contribute to economic growth by ensuring security of investment & trade undertakings.â€¨â€¨
He said Huawei Botswana would deliver a world-class network, “We will honour the agreement and make sure the project is completed on time,” he said. International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) announced in their World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) that Botswana Police is Africa’s best and the world‘s 47th. The index ranked the Rwandan police as Africa’s second best (with global position of 50th) followed by Algeria (58th), Senegal (68th) and Tunisia (72nd) in that order. Completing the top 10 for Africa were, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Mali respectively.
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.
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.
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.