Monday, June 21, 2021

A major Permanent Secretary level reshuffle looming

Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi is expected to announce a major reshuffle of top civil servants.

Behind the scenes President Ian Khama’s inner circle is said to be unhappy with performance issues at the top levels of the civil service.

Almost all ministries are likely to be affected one way or another as President Khama attempts to reset his key objectives of delivery and productivity which detractors say they have lost traction.

To achieve his goals, the President is poised to bring back some skills currently deployed in the country’s diplomatic services abroad.

One name that has been mentioned as most likely to be called back home is that of former commander of the Botswana Defence Force, Lt. General Louis Fisher who is currently serving as Botswana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Fisher is expected to join the Ministry of Defence as Permanent Secretary.

Since the departure of former minister, Ndelu Seretse, the ministry does not have a former military officer at a leadership position.

The ministry is currently led by Minister Shaw Kgathi who has no military training.

He has Segakweng Tsiane as Permanent Secretary while Augustine Makgonatsotlhe is Defence Secretary.

All the three have no prior experience on professional military matters.

The BDF command is also expected to undergo a major restructuring on account of looming retirements at the top.

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