Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Dr Wilfred Mandlebe has appointed Permanent Secretaries among other accounting officers to be responsible for all procurement activities and to take accountability for procurement in their Ministries. This is to enable to government expedite procurement and address delays caused by evaluation and adjudication process.
A savingram dated April 14, 2022 to all accounting officers announced the commencement of the Public Procurement Act of 2021. “This serves to inform all accounting officers of procuring entities that the Public Procurement Act, 2021 (the Act) commences effective 14th April 2022. Consequently, the Local Authorities Procurement and Asset Disposal Act has been repealed through the Local Procurement and Asset Disposal (Repeal) Order effective 14th April 2022,” Mandlebe said.
He said the Act provides that the accounting officer is responsible for all the procurement activities and takes responsibility for procurement in a procuring entity. In terms of Section 2 of the Act, an accounting officer is defined as “a person who is responsible for the administration and day-to-day management of the affairs of a procuring entity, and any other person, who may be designated as such by the Minister under this Act”.
Therefore, accounting officers in respect to procuring entities are Permanent Secretaries, Chief Executive Officers for parastatals, state owned entities or oversight agencies, Land-Board Secretaries and Council Secretaries/Town Clerks.
“In support of the accounting officer, the Public Procurement Act provides for structures which may consist of a Procurement Oversight Unit, a Procurement Unit, and the possibility of establishing an ad-hoc Evaluation Committee to assist the accounting officer to execute procurement functions under this Act,” he said.
He added that the Procurement Units already exist in Ministries. The major change introduced under this Act is the establishment of the Procurement Oversight Units to support the accounting officer with adjudication process to be headed by a buyer who will serve as the principal advisor to the accounting officer.
He said it is expected that accounting officers put in place appropriate structures to support procurement under their procuring entities. This may also entail augmentation of the procurement structures, including engaging technical expertise to undertake procurement as may be required.
“This Act provides for the issue of new regulations under Section 150 and also saving of Regulations issued under the repealed PPAD Act under Section 152 (1) of the Act and Section 3 (1) of the Local Authorities Procurement and Asset Disposal (Repeal) Act, 2021.”
Therefore, accounting officers are advised to use the old Regulations under the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act in the interim while the regulations for the new Act , are being finalised. He advised the accounting officers to note that in terms of Section 152 (6) of the Act reads with Section 3 (5) Local Authorities Procurement and Asset Disposal (Repeal) Act, 2021, any procurement activities, awards, tenders and appeals that are pending at the commencing of Act should be continued in accordance with relevant legislation in Board/MTC/DATCS and other Adjudication Committees should complete all matters that are pending before them prior to the commencement of this Act.
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.