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Masisi finally ‘cleans’ civil service

At least five senior civil servants will not return to their plush offices at the beginning of the government financial year next month (April 1st) after President Mokgweetsi Masisi declined to renew their contracts, WeekendPost has learnt.

It is reported that it has been the intention of Masisi, that after winning the 2019 general elections, the civil service would go through an overhaul. With the election storm now over, the President has now set his plan in motion with at least five senior government officials expected to leave the civil service at the end of this month. The quint join their former boss, Carter Morupisi who was also considered surplus to requirements upon the expiry of his contract, despite having expressed his desire to serve two more years in his post.

According to sources the cleansing is aimed at avoiding incidents of sabotage and firing blanks throughout his presidency as some servants are still loyal to the past regime of Lt Gen Ian Khama. Dr Theophilus Mooko who is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research and Science Technology had his contract not renewed and will not return to his office on April 1st.

His dismissal is heavily linked with the way the Ministry handled the issue of International Aviation Solutions (IAS)-aviation school in which some monies that were to be paid to the school were withheld resulting in massive job losses and bleak future for the students. “The President was very concerned over the matter more especially that it has affected students’ future. The PS has been kept on his toes to pay back the school so that it could resume its operations and there is progress.

But to be honest, the leadership was concerned more especially that the IAS Director even approached DCEC to probe the PS for office abuse and the President believed the matter tarnished government’s image hence the decision not to extend his contract,” explained a source. Mooko when contacted to confirm his impending exit this week said he was not in a position to say anything regarding his contract. Ministry of Transport and Communication’s most senior servant Kabelo Ebineng, is also on his way out.

“He has not cut his ties with former President, Ian Khama,” a source told this publication. “President Masisi believes Khama still has influence in the apparatus of government hence he decided to part ways with him.” Ebineng was roped in as the PS in 2017 by Khama. There are other reasons advanced for his dismissal mostly bordering on meeting the set targets.

When he replaced Ellias Magosi, the expectation was that he will turn some of the parastatals overseen by the ministry like Air Botswana, Botswana Railways and the troubled Civil Aviation Authority Botswana (CAAB). The leadership is not satisfied with his input, sources tell this publication. Ebineng’s office neighbour and National HIV/AIDS Health and Promotion Agency (NAHPA) coordinator Richard Matlhare will see his intimate relationship with the agency coming to an end.

Just like Ebineng, there is a strong believe that he is very close to the past regime especially Khama and former Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi. “He is close with his former bosses and he is also close to President Masisi,” informant shared with WeekendPost. However, it is highly maintained that his sacking is mostly anchored on performance. “To be honest the leadership is concerned about his performance, He is a non-performer,” a source said explicitly.

Botswana Public Service School (BPSS) Executive Director Botshelo Mathuba is also expected to leave the public service. In 2018 former government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay who was transferred to Botswana Public Service School (BPSS) as a Deputy Executive Secretary also left the institution after government decided not to offer him an extension. Kebonye Moepeng who is the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs also left the civil service last month.

Another reject is former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Ruth Maphorisa who left in December last year.  One PS who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity says though it is discretion of the leadership as to whether they get contract renewals or not, the decision was personal. “Masisi is protecting his close allies and all those who questioned things have been denied contracts, it has nothing to do with performance. The yes boys and girls remain and we will not mortgage ourselves,” raged the outgoing PS in an interview.

Directorate on Public Service Management (DPSM) could not shed light on the developments. “Employment contracts for all Public Service employees, including Senior Servants, come to an end upon expiry of the contracts,” DPSM Director Goitseone Mosalakatane responded this publication’s enquiry and added. “A contract entered into between the employer and employee is private and confidential, therefore, third parties are not privy to its terms.”

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

27th February 2024

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities

At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.

During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society

Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.

An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.

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Kabo Matlho’s Majestic Reentry Descends Upon a Solo Venture

27th February 2024

Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.

During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.

“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.

 

Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.

Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.

 

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

27th February 2024

The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.

At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.

“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirĂ©e at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.

This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.

He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.

Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.

Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.

 

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