Senior citizens who are usually engaged by government to investigate Bogosi or chieftainship disputes have expressed frustration and shock at the way government handles Taskforce reports. In essence they want their reports made public, while government prefers to keep them secret.
WeekendPost has established that the different taskforces had recommended that the reports be made public to ensure transparency, accountability and legitimacy.
However, no report has been made public and this has not only shocked the esteemed Bogosi gurus but the tribes who often accuse the engaged elders of engineering mechanisms to divide them.
Former National Assembly Speaker, Ray Molomo who has led several taskforces, the latest being the Bobirwa chieftaincy debacle, confirmed to this publication that they have been inundated with concerns over failure to publish chieftaincy Taskforce reports.
He immediately turned his swords to the government, “I just don’t know why the government is keeping these reports a secret because we always recommend that they be made public, particularly to the affected tribes,” he charged.
Molomo said he was shocked and frustrated when he saw the same thing happening again in the recent Bobirwa report that followed the Molepolole one. “These reports must be publicised if we are to bring peace on matters of chieftaincy.
Reports do not only inform, they guide, they educate and are a fundamental point of reference in hard times or times of need and hence must be shared with affected people if we are serious about resolving chieftaincy disputes and preventing possible problems,” he said.
But the Minister of Local government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane said reports are for government and not necessarily for the tribes, public or anybody else. “We do if need be inform the affected royals as they are the ones mostly in disagreements,” he said further adding that the tribes can only be informed as a form of courtesy.
However, Molomo says he will be watching developments in the Kgatleng case with a keen eye. “We currently have the one in Kgatleng where the President recently set up a task force meant to solve the chieftaincy problems in Kgatleng and forge peace between Bakgatla and government. We don’t know whether it will be released either.”
The said team is made up of Bangwaketse paramount chief Kgosi Malope, former Assistant Minister of Agriculture Oreeditse Molebatsi, Tumelo Seboko from Tribal Administration, a certain Mathoka from the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
According to Molomo, government should think hard over matters of sideling tribes, “look, some people may be suspicious and could question the government during reports implementation or even refuse the subsequent report implementation because they do not own the report and are not privy to its content and how they have been quoted therein and so forth,” he remarked.
His contention is that the privacy is not justified, “In fact I find nothing secretive about such reports because virtually everything is carried out in public and the public already knows what we have as that was gathered in Kgotla meetings,” he charged.
The former Speaker further added that the secrecy tendencies by the government compromises their good work as well as the peace they may have fought for and achieved through their work.
Molomo went on to say the government’s antics leave chieftaincy questions unresolved and in some instances worse. “Some tribes or individuals may feel that, the Task Force’s mandate was after all commissioned to legitimize one of the claimants to the throne and so forth,” he said.
The Molomo Task Force submitted their Bobirwa report to the government on the 23rd of March 2012.The then Minister, Peter Siele informed the tribe that the findings of the Task Force would not be released to members of the public and that Kgosi Malema will remain at the Kgotla until the end of his contract in 2015.
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.