The Executive Director of the Construction Industry Trust Fund (CITF), Buti Moepi’s is in a different set up all together where the deputy Executive Director he recruited earns twice his salary.
CITF staff members are hoping the matter will speed up the need for an organisational review which will lead to a pay structure that remunerates the Executive Director better than his deputy. In the process they are aware that their salary scales will also change.
CITF finally recruited a Deputy Executive Director in March, but management had to deal with a backlash of perceived flawed recruitment process and allegations of favouritism. However, the CIFT had rubbished the allegations.
The CITF Executive Director, Moepi was painted as a man hell-bent on roping in his perfect replacement as he prepares to retire. However, the CITF director of Human Resources, Joseph Ndadi rubbished the “malicious statements” and stressed that due process was followed when recruitment of the Deputy Executive Director was done.
Ndadi stressed that the Executive Director gets many benefits which are not reflected on his pay slip such as free housing, free vehicle, fuel and free maintenance. But he admitted that the salary disparity between the Director and his deputy has been noted by the Board hence an organisational structure review.
Mr. Sabryn Kgaisanyo Tsie, is the new CITF Deputy Executive Director and he joined from BCL in Selibe Phikwe. Tsie is a former employee of CITF. At the time of Tsie’s recruitment, a minority in the Board and indeed some staff members were of the view that one of the Principal Facilitators at CITF should have been appointed to deputise Moepi. This would have been a cheaper route for the CITF. At the time, one of the Principal facilitators was acting in the position of Deputy Executive Director.
Ndadi said the adjustment to Tsie’s salary was standard practice in Government departments that Deputy Directors are remunerated at E2 salary scale instead of D1, hence this adjustment. Sources point out that tweaking the deputy salary lowered the director’s grading hence his (Director) urge to motivate the board for a review of his package.
“CITF being a quasi institution which follows the guidelines and regulations of Government and Parastatal organisations to a certain extent, motivated the upgrading of this post so that it can have an attractive remuneration package. The Board is very much aware that this adjustment will affect the entire Organisational Structure and they have assigned Management and the sub-Committee of the Board, known as the Executive Committee to engage a Consultant who will conduct an Organisational Review exercise with effect from April 2015,” Ndadi had said at the time.
THE PACKAGES COMPARED
â€¨TSIE – Deputy ED
Tsie was offered a P368 125. 00 annual salary, translating to about P30 677 per month, which is an E2 scale. In addition, he has an Accommodation Allowance of 30 percent of his basic salary (which is about p9203); 30 percent of the basic salary as Premium Market Scarcity Allowance (P9203); Motor Vehicle Allowance at 15 percent of the basic salary (P4601); Utilities covered at 5.5 percent of the basic salary (P1687) and Entertainment Allowance calculated at 3 percent of basic salary (P920); To cap the contract CITF covers the tuition fee of three of his children to an English Medium School.
MOEPI – Executive Director
The Executive Director earns almost all the perks included in Tsie’s contract except the scarcity allowance. However, most of his benefits are not in cash but they are in kind. CITF has given him a house, a car which is fuelled and maintained by the organisation. His take home caps at about P30 000 on a monthly basis.
SALARY STRUCTURE ALTERED
In January this year, CITF Human resources Director, Ndadi had indicated that his organization would be forced to conduct an Organisational review exercise with effect from April 2015 to alter the organizational structure following the adjustment of the deputy executive director’s salary scale. Ndadi told Weekend Post this week that an advert calling for submissions for an organizational review will run this week. He said the said the process was delayed to satisfy PPADB tendering requirements.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.