Monday, May 17, 2021

BMC board divided over Dioka becoming CEO

Controversy surrounds the Botswana Meat Commission chief executive officer (CEO) position following the end of Dr Boitumelo Mogome-Maseko’s contract last month. 

This publication is in possession of documents that show that the BMC board may appoint Brian Dioka as CEO.

Inside sources have revealed that those closer to the intelligence circle have advised the Minister and the President to reject the nominated candidates as they are not the right candidates for the position.

Sources reveal that the Board is divided. Sources say there is confusion in re-appointing Dr Maseko as BMC CEO, as the Board did not recommend her especially after being accused of misappropriation of BMC funds amounting to close to P2 million which acting PS Dr Letlhogile Modisa is aware of.

Dr Maseko was recommended by the then BMC Board Chairperson Dr Thapelo Matsheka(now Minister of Finance) on an acting capacity and her contract came to an end on the 1st March 2021.

The Telegraph is in possession of a letter dated 4th March 2021 addressed to Minister Karabo Gare and copied to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Jimmy Opelo wherein the BMC Board members recommended Brian Dioka as their best candidate as opposed to Dr Maseko. 

In a letter dated 29 March 2021, Ref:417/ECO/86/178/50 ANN titled: Benefits accorded to CEO Dr Modisa acknowledge receipt of a complaint from acting executive manager Human Capital Athulang Ngwigwa.

Dr Modisa instructed that the housing allowance should not be allowed to continue if the incumbent stays in official residence and that the acting allowance cannot be paid until further notice. 

It is not clear why the Board did not recommend Dr Maseko for the CEO position after serving for full 2 years.

Masire said Dioka is currently employed as Chief Strategy officer since 2017 and has also been assigned the role of acting Board Secretary from April 2019 to date.

BMC Board members include Thabang Botshoma, Rudy Lemoke, Godfrey Mosimaneotsile, Moraki Mokgosana, Gorata Gabaraane and Tshepo Masire.

Masire further said the Board takes the available opportunity to express gratitude for the opportunity to apply itself on the recommendation outlined and thus looks for the minister to revert to them to sustain the nomination.

Minister of Agriculture Karabo Gare has denied any knowledge or receiving any letter from the Board recommending Dioka as BMC CEO.

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