Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi has ordered six employees who have been serving former President Ian Khama for several years to withdraw from the former President’s office and have since been redeployed to the State House effective 1st November 2018.
The affected parties worked at Khama’s official residence and his retirement office. As per the country’s constitution the former President is entitled to have two workers at his residence but before he left office, Morupisi and then Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi allowed Khama to choose amongst his staff whom he will be going with. PSP, using his authority had also seconded a third staff member to Khama’s residence so that if one goes on leave then they would still be two employees left at the post.
Just last week the three ladies, working at Khama’s residence received letters re-calling them and indicating that they have been re- deployed to State House. Khama was not informed of the Office of the President (PSP) decision, he told this publication this week. “Reference is made to our letter of Ref: OPC 4/201/546 600 I (27) dated 29th March 2018 in which you were re- deployed on secondment to Office of Former President III. Your re- deployment is hereby withdrawn with effect from 31st October 2018.
You are by this letter, re- deployed to State House, with effect from 1st November 2018. The re- deployment does not have any effect on your present salary scale and notch,” reads the letter. The other three employees include two supporting staff from Khama’s office and a gardener. The letters were signed by Chief Administration Officer, in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Thuso Ramodimoosi acting under instructions of the PSP, Morupisi.
Khama, who spoke to this publication this week regarding the recent development confirmed that he was never informed of the decision, and neither has he been assured that the staff will be replaced. “These people are just being nasty. We are understaffed at the moment yet they went on to take more people from my office including the Administration Officer,” said Khama.
“Even though that’s a government house where I am staying, I work with people I know. I wouldn’t agree seeing people I don’t know inside my house,” said Khama who is known to very cautious with security details. Khama said owing to recent events, things are getting out of hand, and has since referred the matter to his lawyers.
“It needs legal intervention because it is unreasonable what they are doing. This was an agreement so if they wat to break the agreement they have to come back to me even though they have the authority to do so. It is not procedural in government to do so, certainly not the government I left. People are consulted,” said Khama.
PROSPECTS OF RECONCILING WITH MASISI COLLAPSE
The stand- off between the Khama and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi was described last week as being irretrievable now. With all the events that have been unfolding between the two recently, the man in the middle is none other than Carter Morupisi. A reconciliation exercise that was engineered by a delegation of BDP elders seems to be hitting a hard rock with the battle continuing unabated.
Sources close to the development indicate that Masisi and Khama had reached a deal when the former was appointed Vice President. This deal was concerned mostly with the appointment of number two when Masisi ascends to power. But the moment Khama cleared his desk and walked out of the State House, Masisi emerged from the woods to become his own man.
Khama had understood that he will continue enjoying access to military aircrafts even after leaving the presidency, as provided for in the Green Book, which entails the benefits, that former president is entitled to. Part of these benefits, were amendments which Masisi was part of, as him and other ruling party MPs championed ‘Khama tailored’ retirement package.
Masisi however is having none of that. To aggravate Khama’s fury, Masisi fired Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), Colonel Isaac Kgosi the once feared man and Khama’s trusted ally. Kgosi was a key man, whom according to insiders would have been used by Khama to continue exerting influence on Masisi’s administration.
If that was not enough, Masisi replaced Kgosi with Brigadier Peter Magosi, Khama’s dye-in-the-wool enemy. Magosi was fired by Khama from the military in 2016 under cloudy circumstances. Masisi was flexing his muscle on key government institutions. This has frustrated Khama. DIS has been a strategic institution for Khama. Since its inception, the spy organ has been marred by controversy — ranging from illegal activities to unaccountability. But Khama remain steadfast in protecting it and its director.
The former President Khama had tried to downplay his frustration with Masisi, but recently he has revealed it all. Khama has already given a lot of interviews to private media and every time he is more than willing to go at length about his relationship. Khama however revealed that his bond with Masisi is no more.
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.