An impending reshuffle at the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) will see Rose Seretse finally being relieved of her role at the corruption busting agency at the end of August this year, Weekend Post can reveal.
The political appointing authority, President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama appointed Seretse, who is her cousin by marriage, as the Director General of the corruption busting agency in 2009 – a year after he took over as president. Weekend Post has it in good authority that cabinet met this week Wednesday and resolved to remove Seretse from her investigatory role at DCEC. As the ultimate authority at DCEC, Seretse was believed to be only rubber stamping the decisions of her junior officials at the agency. Some of the alleged reasons for ejection include the botched investigation of Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director Isaac Kgosi.
Kgosi has made headlines recently as been investigated by DISS for possible corruption. DCEC was also of late said to be investigating Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services Prince Maele on allegations of bribery. This and other high profiles investigations are said to have irked cabinet. Maele and Kgosi have released statements to clarify matters and clear their names. They denied any wrong doing. After serving for close to 8 years as Director General, it is understood that Seretse who is an engineer by qualification, was seen as ineffective in her position and instead Senior Managers at the corruption busting agency were believed to be calling the shots at the organisation.
Seretse possesses BSc in Construction Engineering and Management from Michigan United States of Americas (USA). She joined the DCEC in 1997 as a Senior Corruption Prevention Officer. She has served within the different divisions of the DCEC at various levels including being the Performance Improvement Co-coordinator. This publication can confirm that cabinet made a resolution to eject Seretse from DCEC and she will be redeployed to head a newly established organisation named Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA).
BERA’s main mandate is to make sure that there is responsible competition in the industry of energy, particularly as all along Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) had been the sole company allowed to generate and sell electricity. With the establishment of BERA, under the leadership of Seretse, all independent power producers would now be allowed to enter into the industry to generate electricity. Seretse was head hunted to lead BERA by the board of the new organisation particularly as they were looking for someone with the potential to fight corruption in mega projects involving billions of tax payers’ money.
She was also seen, by BERA board, as strong enough to take far reaching decisions that may involve high magnitude corruption and with the highest integrity on institutions dealing with billions of pulas. Cabinet took the decision to appoint her, after BERA board head hunted her and later made a recommendation to the minister, who in turn acceded the request and consequently cabinet also appointed her on a 5 year contract as BERA CEO. Seretse was notified by BERA board, during the head hunting, of their intention to appoint her in which she agreed.
She did not apply for the job and following cabinet approval; she is expected to be furnished with letters of appointment next week and would be given 7 days to accept the appointment. Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Advocate Sadique Kebonang also confirmed the exit of the DCEC Director Seretse to a new organisation of BERA which falls under his ministry.
“Yes I can confirm that cabinet has relieved Seretse as DCEC Director General and also approved her as CEO of BERA for 5 years effective September 1st. However she is yet to be notified of the appointment and she will most probably next week,” Kebonang told Weekend Post when quizzed on the development. According to Kebonang, Seretse has to accept the appointment first and therefore she will be given seven days to do so. He also confirmed that indeed Seretse was head hunted as she was seen as the most suitable candidate for the new position.
â€¨Having joined the DCEC in 1997, Seretse was promoted to the position of the Deputy Director (DCEC) in 2007 overseeing all the divisions of the Directorate being Investigation, Corruption Prevention, Public Education, Intelligence, Legal Services and Corporate Services. Among the professional courses that she attended on anti corruption work includes money laundering, investigators course, business ethics and accountability, corporate governance, prevention of corruption, managing project risks and project management. Seretse also has a Masters’ in Public Administration from the University of Botswana, and is expected to leave DCEC end of August.
Former Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Member of Parliament for Gaborone North, Haskins Nkaigwa has confirmed his departure from opposition fold to re-join the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
Nkaigwa said opposition is extremely divided and the leadership not in talking terms. “They are planning evil against each other. Nothing much will be achieved,” Nkaigwa told WeekendPost.
“I believe my time in the opposition has come to an end. It’s time to be of value to rebuilding our nation and economy of the country. Remember the BDP is where I started my political journey. It is home,” he said.
“Despite all challenges currently facing the world, President Masisi will be far with his promises to Batswana. A leader always have the interest of the people at heart despite how some decisions may look to be unpopular with the people.
“I have faith and full confidence in President Dr Masisi leadership. We shall overcome as party and nation the current challenges bedevilling nations. BDP will emerge stronger. President Masisi will always have my backing.”
Nkaigwa served as opposition legislator between 2014-2019 representing Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) under UDC banner. He joined BMD in 2011 at the height public servant strike whilst Gaborone City Deputy Mayor. He eventually rose to become the mayor same year, after BDP lost majority in the GCC.
Nkaigwa had been a member of Botswana National Front (BNF), having joined from Alliance for Progressives (AP) in 2019.
Botswana has received assistance worth over P100 million from Japanese government since 2019, making the latter of the largest donors to Botswana in recent years.
The assistance include relatively large-scale grant aid programmes such as the COVID-19 programme (to provide medical equipment; P34 million), the digital terrestrial television programme (to distribute receivers to the underprivileged, P17 million), the agriculture promotion programme (to provide agricultural machinery and equipment, P53million).
“As 2020 was a particularly difficult year, where COVID-19 hit Botswana’s economy and society hard, Japan felt the need to assist Botswana as our friend,” said Japan’s new Ambassador to Botswana, Hoshiyama Takashi.
“It is for this reason that grants of over P100 million were awarded to Botswana for the above mentioned projects.”
Japan is now the world’s fourth highest ranking donor country in terms of Official Development Assistance (ODA).
From 1991 to 2000, Japan continued as the top donor country in the world and contributed to Asia’s miracle economic development.
From 1993 onwards, the TICAD process commenced through Japan’s initiative as stated earlier. Japan’s main contribution has been in the form of Yen Loans, which are at a concessional rate, to suit large scale infrastructure construction.
“In Botswana, only a few projects have been implemented using the Yen Loan such as the Morupule “A” Power Station Rehabilitation and Pollution Abatement in 1986, the Railway Rolling Stock Increase Project in 1987, the Trans-Kalahari Road Construction Project in 1991, the North-South Carrier Water Project in 1995 and the Kazungula Bridge Construction Project in 2012,” said Ambassador Hoshiyama.
“In terms of grant aid and technical assistance, Japan has various aid schemes including development survey and master planning, expert dispatch to recipient countries, expert training in Japan, scholarships, small scale grass-roots program, culture-related assistance, aid through international organizations and so on.”
In 1993, Japan launched Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to promote Africa’s development, peace and security, through the strengthening of relations in multilateral cooperation and partnership.
TICAD discuss development issues across Africa and, at the same time, present “aid menus” to African countries provided by Japan and the main aid-related international organizations, United Nations (UN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.
“As TICAD provides vision and guidance, it is up to each African country to take ownership and to implement her own development following TICAD polices and make use of the programmes shown in the aid menus,” Ambassordor Hoshiyama noted.
“This would include using ODA loans for quality infrastructure, suited to the country’s own nation-building needs. It is my fervent hope that Botswana will take full advantage of the TICAD process.”
Since then, seven conferences where held, the latest, TICAD 7 being in 2019 at Yokohama. TICAD 7’s agenda on African development focused on three pillars, among them the first pillar being “Accelerating economic transformation and improving business environment through innovation and private sector engagement”.
“Yes, private investment is very important, while public investment through ODA (Official Development Assistance) still plays an indispensable role in development,” the Japanese Ambassador said.
“For further economic development in Africa, Japan recognizes that strengthening regional connectivity and integration through investment in quality infrastructure is key.”
Japan has emphasized the following; effective implementation of economic corridors such as the East Africa Northern Corridor, Nacala Corridor and West Africa Growth Ring; Quality infrastructure investment in line with the G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment should be promoted by co-financing or cooperation through the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Japan.
Japan also emphasized the establishment of mechanisms to encourage private investment and to improve the business environment.
According to the statistics issued by Japan’s Finance Ministry, Japan invested approximately 10 billion US dollars in Africa after TICAD 7 (2019) to year end 2020, but Japanese investment through third countries are not included in this figure.
“With the other points factored in, the figure isn’t established yet,” Ambassador Hoshiyama said.
The next conference, TICAD 8 will be held in Tunisia in 2022. This will be the second TICAD summit to be held on the African continent after TICAD 6 which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2016.
According to Ambassador Hoshiyama, in preparation for TICAD 8, the TICAD ministerial meeting will be held in Tokyo this year. The agenda to be discussed during TICAD 8 has not yet been fully deliberated on amongst TICAD Co-organizers (Japan, UN, UNDP, the World Bank and AU).
“Though not officially concluded, given the world situation caused by COVID-19, I believe that TICAD 8 will highlight health and medical issues including the promotion of a Universal Health Coverage (UHC),” said Hoshiyama.
“As the African economy has seriously taken a knock by COVID-19, economic issues, including debt, could be an item for serious discussion.”
The promotion of business is expected to be one of the most important topics. Japan and its partners, together with the business sector, will work closely to help revitalize private investment in Africa.
“All in all, the follow-up of the various programs that were committed by the Co-Organizers during the Yokohama Plan of Actions 2019 will also be reviewed as an important item of the agenda,” Ambassador Hoshiyama said.
“I believe that this TICAD follow-up mechanism has secured transparency and accountability as well as effective implementation of agreed actions by all parties. The guiding principle of TICAD is African ownership and international partnership.”
Directorate on Intelligence Services (DIS) Director General, Brigadier Peter Magosi is said to be hell-bent and pushing President Mokgweetsi Masisi to reshuffle his cabinet as a matter of urgency since a number of his ministers are conflicted.
The request by Magosi comes at a time when time is ticking on his contract which is awaiting renewal from Masisi.
This publication learns that Magosi is unshaken by the development and continues to wield power despite uncertainty hovering around his contractual renewal.