The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng has revealed how he intends to apportion the P2.5 billion budget allocated to his ministry, with the DIS and broadcasting services getting a better share.
According to Morwaeng, the lion’s share of the budget will go towards strengthening and capacitating the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). A total P203,5 million is being requested for various undertakings including communications, Infrastructure, and security related projects for implementation during the 2022/2023 Financial Year, Morwaeng said, when talking about strengthening of the DIS capabilities.
With the aim to boost the creative industry and also curb high unemployment rates among the young graduates the government, OP will channel more funds at the Mass Media complex. A total amount of P193,2 million is requested for continuation of various broadcasting activities which include facilitation of the creative industry; upgrading of television and radio studios, acquisition of equipment and content, as well as installation of renewable energy system at the Mass Media Complex.
Morwaeng also added: “As for strengthening the DCEC capabilities, I request the budget of P4.4 million to be allocated to the DCEC for two projects namely, upgrading of CMS at an amount of P1.2 million to purchase secondary server; and the balance of P3.2 million is requested for the DCEC investigations.”
A sum of P3, 24 million is required in the invigorating of the Auditor General to complete the procurement of additional Teammate (automated audit management software) and Integrated Data Extraction and Analysis software for the Office of the Auditor General.
In addition to this, an amount of P147 million is being requested to continue with the ‘SmartBots’ project of Village Connectivity and for the development of E-Cabinet system in MOPAGPA. “MOPAGPA’s infrastructure development in request of P40.5 million is required to cover various infrastructural development projects as follows: refurbishment of Office of the President (OP) 2, OP Office Facility, and refurbishment of office accommodation at District Commissioner’s Offices, as well as the refurbishment of State House 1 and 2,” Minister Morwaeng said.
P27.5 million is also requested for various refurbishment projects and continuation of E-learning project at the Botswana Public Service College. A total budget of P56.1 million is requested for Social Protection and Preparedness Programme. Funds are to be distributed among the following projects as follows: P50 000 000 for packaging and capacitation of beneficiaries, the continued profiling of beneficiaries, monitoring of beneficiaries’ projects as well as remuneration for Programme staff; the sum of P2 153 385 to implement the first phase of the National Disaster Emergency Operations Centre. The remaining balance will be used to cover cost of conducting the Risk and Vulnerability Study as well as the Disability Economic Empowerment Programme.
As for NAHPA Programmes, P255.9 million is requested for the HIV/AIDS activities funded under different sources as follows: Domestic Development Fund at P75 000 000; President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at P72.9 million and Global Fund at P111 million.
“Strengthening of Counter Terrorism Analysis and Fusion Agency (CTAFA) for counter terrorism activities, I request an amount of P21 087 680 acquire and deploy specialized ICT infrastructure and communication equipment to enable the Agency to carry out its mandate. I therefore request the sum of P1 578 505 130 for the Recurrent Budget and P997 215 109 stand part of the estimates for the 2022/23 financial year,” Morwaeng said.
Morwaeng said that an amount of P41 991 616 in request for implementation of various consultancies which include; the National Transformation Strategy, Cluster Development initiative, National Monitoring and Evaluation System (NMES), the continuation of the Development of the Assessment Centre, Project Management consultancies, Public Service Human Resource Policy Database, DPSM Network and ICT infrastructure upgrade, the consultancies on Legislative Review on Governance and Investigative Research on Good Governance.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.