Friday, October 30, 2020

BEDIA Board Chair resigns

The Board Chairperson of Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA), Morago Ngidi, on Monday tendered his resignation, in the wake of a damning scandal triggered by a forensic audit into its operations.

In a letter dated June 6th and addressed to Trade and Industry Minister Dorcus Makgatho-Malesu, Ngidi said his resignation is motivated by a need to honor his conscience and take a personal responsibility for the current mess at BEDIA.

“The main objective is to honor my conscience by taking an unqualified personal responsibility for the sobering state of affairs at BEDIA which have been unearthed by forensic auditors,” he said.

The high profile BEDIA audit, which was instituted after allegations of corruption and intellectual property theft at the corporation, culminated in the firing of four senior executives, among them Deputy Director Business Development Brian Mosenene, Director Human Resources Julia Batlhoki, Deputy Director Finance, Kenneth Mabota and Property Manager Owen Mpaesele.

Further Ngidi revealed that the heated situation in BEDIA has taken a toll on his health. The audit was carried out by Corporate Forensic Resources.

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