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Gov’t reimburses Khama his P50 000

In a bid to reconcile with former President Lt Gen Ian Khama, government has this week reimbursed Khama his P50 000 which he used to chatter a flight some few months back.

Khama had slapped the Attorney General’s office with intent to sue for the expenses incurred in flight chattering to Orapa two months ago after Masisi through Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi instructed Debswana not to give him a lift .The Office of the President had in August through PSP Cater Morupisi wrote to Debswana Diamond Company, Managing Director, Balisi Bonyongo instructing him to turn down Khama’s request for a lift to Orapa in their private jet.

Bonyongo then told Khama that he has received instruction barring them from allowing him to fly on their flight. Morupisi’s reason was that Khama was supposed to make arrangements with their office in advance so they assist him accordingly instead of going around asking for lifts. Khama who was left stranded at the last minute, resorted to chattering a flight. He spent P50 000 according to his papers presented before the office of Attorney General.

Khama is also quoted in his papers saying he intends to sue Debswana Mining Company as well for breach of promise. OP has rejected Khama’s request to use a chopper two times before ordering Debswana, BDF and other organisations not to lend him any or give him a lift. The Former President’s Pensions and Retirement Benefits Act which was amended prior to Khama stepping down from the presidency, gives provision for either boat or air transport by state as and when need arises.

It has been explained that for any mode of transport to be extended to former presidents other than road transport (the three vehicles) as per the amended Act, a formal request must be made but the release of such transport is dependent on the approval of the sitting president and only the president can authorise such a request. With the recent developments between the two, it looks like president Masisi is willing to extend an olive branch to Khama by reversing some of the decisions believed to have been made by Morupisi.

Recently Masisi confirmed that he did not know of the decision to withdraw members of staff from Khama’s official residence and said they will review the decision. Former President Khama confirmed in a telephone interview that indeed the money was paid to his office on Wednesday.

The Office of the President publicly further affirmed that Masisi fully supports the entitlements of Former Presidents in accordance with the provisions of the Presidents (Pensions and Retirement Benefits) Act[CAP.02:03]. The Former President, amongst other benefits, is entitled to a Private Secretary, a Secretary, an Office Attendant, two Drivers, two Maids and a Gardener, all who were deployed to his Office and Residence since 1st April 2018.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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