The 14 million US Dollars E-Gov tender contract is yet to be signed despite being awarded by the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) in 2015. This publication learns that there could be some influential officials at political and government level who want to sabotage the original award of the multimillion Pula tender.
The PPADB public relations and marketing executive, Keemenao Jappie indicated that the tender was awarded to IMEX Systems Pty Ltd, a Canadian. A further scrutiny by this publication indicates that a representative from the Canadian firm has been in the country since January 20 this year waiting to sign the contract with the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
“There appears to be some dilly-dallying on the part of those entrusted with signing with the Canadian firm. They are developing ideas of canceling the tender because they want to give it to a different company,” said a source at the Ministry of Transport and Communications. PPADB spokesperson Jappie, confirmed that the tender was awarded through “Direct appointment”.
IMEX Systems Pty Ltd was first awarded an Information technology tender in January 2015 at the tune of P60 million. For the US$14 million job they have already been given a letter of offer from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, this is said to be making the situation difficult for those who want to change the direction of the award. Should the matter reach the courts the Government could lose the exact contact amount and possibly additional legal costs. However insiders point out that those against the Canadian firm are still studying precedents before they strike.
The situation around the tender is so tense that even the Director of E-Government Dr Omponye Kereteletswe is said to have been sidelined altogether in the latest proceedings. Insiders say he is not even aware of the fact that the Canadian firm representative is in Botswana to sign the contract. But there are fears that IMEX Systems Pty Ltd could decide to take the matter to court should the award be revoked.
PPADB would not comment on whether the tender was signed at the time of going to print directing this publication to the parent Ministry of Transport and Communications. Contacted for comment, Ministry spokesperson said the contract could be signed anytime from now. The E-Gov project which has many components has faced so many challenges, although most technical, there were concerns that failed implementation of components of the project was a main concern.
THE E-GOVERNMENT PROJECT
According to the E-Government Strategy paper 2015-2021, it seeks to provide a roadmap and a blueprint for effective and productive e-Government program; To strengthen systems of e-governance needed for sustainable program implementation; To provide a coherent and holistic view of ICT strategies and initiatives for the next 7 years; To improve and maximize utilization of e-Government Funds, avoiding duplicate investments; and to strengthen the e-Government infrastructure (Data Centre, Connectivity and Access Networks), among other goals.
The Dr Kereteletswe led centre seeks to innovate Service Delivery through seamless connectivity between government agencies (G2G); Improve access to information by reducing digital divide and improving network speed (G2C); Enhance competitiveness through economic diversification (G2B); Provide realistic and relevant technologies to support e-Government program; Innovate civil services through informatization; Improve access to information through ICT infrastructure growth G2E; Provide meaningful opportunities through current and valid data.
Establish a foundation to support effective administration processes. E-Government intends to achieve Digitization of Government core work. To do this, the strategy is to come up with Network Optimization System, E-Document System, Project Evaluation System, Local Government Information System, Administration Information Sharing Centre, BPR & BPM.
Further it is envisaged to integrate and standardize information resources. Government also wants to establish effective management system by introduction of network infrastructure monitoring. Some detailed tools to be achieved through this project include – Enterprise Architecture, Integrated Data Center, STEP, Contact Centre, National Broadband Strategy. Policies and Regulations will also be effected to guide Kitsong Centres, Governance & Institutional Framework, Legislative Framework, Network Optimization etc.
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.
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.
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.