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Chimbombi dismissal prompts reshuffle


Long time serving Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Marcus Chimbombi has been dismissed from office, allegedly due to incompetence.


Chimbombi was forced out of office this week and he confirmed his “separation,” with the employer during a brief phone interview on Friday morning.


“It is true that I am no longer working for the Ministry of Agriculture. We had a mutual agreement that we should separate,” Chimbombi explained.


He however denied that he was fired but chose to use the word “separation” to describe how his work of many decades ended at the Ministry of Agriculture.


“In my case I cannot say I was fired or I resigned. It is separation that we agreed on with the employer,” Chimbombi stated.


He says he left the Ministry following a Month long discussion on the matter with his employer. He further stated that his plan is to pursue his other personal businesses.


At the time of interview, Chimbombi was driving back to his home village, Makopong in the Kgalagadi District.


It is alleged that some of the personal businesses he wants to pursue includes politics. He is said to be most likely to contest in the Gantsi North constituency if the ailing Legislator of the said constituency, Christian De Graaf is to step down as alleged. Chimbombi has however refuted the allegations.


“Just like any other Motswana, I vote and I never missed voting during general elections, but it has not occurred to me that I should contest for elections. Politics is not what is in my mind right now. I am far from participating in active politics!” Chimbobi pointed out.


He however could not disclose whether he would turn down an opportunity to contest for election if he was to be approached in future.


Chimbombi was replaced by Boipolelo Khumomatlhare. Other redeployments saw Neil Fitt redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications; John Patshwe appointed to the office of Coordinator, Government Implementation Coordinating Office in the Office of the President; Goitsemang Morekisi transferred to the National Strategy Office as Deputy Director General – Special Assignments (Employment Creation); Dr. Kolaatamo Malefho transferred to the National Strategy Office as Deputy Director General – Projects; Dr. Raphael Dingalo is transferred to the National Assembly as Deputy Clerk; and Ms Rose Sennanyana is transferred to the Ministry of Transport and Communications as Deputy Permanent Secretary, Corporate Services.


During his tenure as the P.S in the Ministry of Agriculture Chimbombi was not sitting on a bed of roses especially where the running of the Botswana Meat Commission was concerned. It was during his tenure that the BMC bosses were said to have milked cattle farmers of Millions of Pula through expenses claims.

The then Directors are said to have dried the BMC coffers for generous fees and allowances and spent the rest of money on business class air tickets, five star hotels and entertainment while holding business meetings in exotic destinations.


With an estimated 13 BMC subsidiaries all over the world, a former BMC Executive and his board including Chimbombi are said to have been literally living in their suitcases and making a lot of money in director’s fees and travel allowances which were paid in foreign currency, British Pounds to be exact.


Before he separated with the employer, Chimbombi was always grilled for his failure to collect the P1 Million debt owed by the Zimbabwean government over the live cattle they bought from BMC five years ago.


In fact in the last Public Accounts Committee, the Attorney General’s office raised a concern that the country risked losing the debt if Zimbabwe was to raise a prescription defence. The prescription Act, according to the Attorney General’s office directs that a debt that has not been collected for as long as three years be written off.


Chimbombi had then said they were being lenient with Zimbabwe as they still wanted to do business with them.

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