The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kgotla Kenneth Autlwetse has explained how his P9 billion Local Government and Rural Development budget will be rationed, with the Department of Local Government, Finance and Procurement Services getting a better share.
From the proposed recurrent budget, the Minister proposed that the Department of Local Government, Finance and Procurement Services gets the largest share of P4.6 billion. “This amount includes P3.6 billion for councils’ revenue support grant and P864 million for food supply. The remainder of P103 million will be shared among other items,” said Minister Autlwetse.
The Department of Social Protection is proposed to get the second-largest share of P1.7 billion or 24.1 percent of the budget. These funds are said to cater for old age pension at P1.4 billion more so that it has been increased by P100, orphan care program at P230 million and destitute cash allowance at P183 million. The residue of P263 million will be shared amongst other items.
Being the third-largest share of the Ministry, it is proposed that for the Department of Tribal Administration be allocated P642 million, which translates to 9 percent of the budget. “Out of this amount, the sum of P569 million will be used for personnel emoluments and the remainder of P72 million will be shared amongst other items,” Autlwetse explained.
The remaining balance of the Ministry’s proposed recurrent budget of P173 million, which is 2.4 percent of the recurrent budget, will be shared by the five departments of corporate services, community development planning, rural development and local government technical services.
“Under the development budget, I propose that a total of P2 billion be approved for development programmes and projects during the 2022/2023 financial year,” asked the Minister, which represents an increase of 98 percent on the 2021/2022 year’s budget of P1 billion.
The largest share of the proposed development budget at P737 million or 36.7 percent goes to the Department of Local Government Technical Services and out of these funds, a total of P325 million is said to be used on local government infrastructure services program which covers the two donor funded projects of Legolo and Mmopane-Block 8 internal roads; Mogoditshane and Tlokweng internal roads proposed under the Economic Recovery and Transformation Plan (ERTP), as well as Maintenance of internal roads countrywide.
“P412 million will be used on Development of Primary Education Services program that covers maintenance of schools and provision of new facilities, procurement of tablets for primary school pupils and equipment for Reception classes,” he said.
He also added that the second-largest share of P607 million, which is 30.2 percent of the development budget, goes to the Department of Community Development. “From this amount, P570 million is to continue implementation of Constituency Community Projects, while P37 million will implement RADP Destitute Housing and Small Community projects.”
A sum of P528 million which is 26.3 percent of the development budget is allocated to the Department of Local Governance and Development Planning to implement the Ipelegeng program.
The Minister further articulated that the Tribal Administration is allocated a total of P68.8 million which is 3.4 percent of the budget for construction of three main Kgotla offices at Mochudi, Molepolole and Maun; electrification and networking of customary courts at Ramokgonami, Pitsane, Kachikau and Rakops.
According to the Minister, P62.7 million which is 3.1 percent of the development goes to the Department of Social Protection to continue implementation of a countrywide destitute housing project, development of digitization of social protection system, single social registry, as well as review of social protection policies.
“Ministry of Local Government headquarters receives the remaining P8.4 million or 0.4 percent of the budget for construction of Gaborone Transfer Station and implementation of Green Technology Toilets,” he said.
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.