BY KABELO SEITSHIRO
Victor Senye is the newly appointed Chairman at Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) taking over Dr. Tebogo Matsheka who recently expressed interest in joining politics.
The troubled BMC is reportedly taking shape as government has appointed a fully functional Board of Directors to provide oversight of the organization which is going through privatization process. The other boardroom chairs are filled by Gorata Gabaraane who is the Fairgrounds Holdings CEO and Ruddy Lamkey, a prominent farmer.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, the new board Chairman Senye, confirmed his appointment to spearhead BMC. He added that he is yet to meet with other board members. The board members whose terms are continuing include Moraki Mokgosana, Dithologo Mmile and Godfrey Mosimaneotsile. He said that through his commercial experience in the private sector combined with that of the team they will be able to provide guidance to the organization especially at a critical time of privatizing BMC.
“I am optimistic that through this national call and national service I and together with the rest of the board are ready to move the commission forward for the benefit of Batswana,” said Senye.
On Friday last week the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Security, Jimmy Opelo, said that the name of the BMC substantive CEO has been forwarded to the ministry with appointment expected to happen in due time.
Last year President Mokgweetsi Masisi said that government is committed to ensuring that payment delays and problems bedeviling BMC are resolved. President Masisi said government is well aware of the short comings at BMC regarding payments to farmers, noting that the BMC and the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security have been instructed to come up with well timed solutions. He also encouraged farmers to register their communal land holdings in order to qualify to sell their livestock to the European market through the BMC.
Recently BMC has been battling a heavy law suit from former Minister, Patrick Balopi, through his company Walgreen Investments for a P40 million debt. Walgreen Investments Company lodged a lawsuit against BMC for over P40 million debt accrued from sale of cattle and feed-lot services. BMC ended up paying what was due to Walgreen Investments. Permanent Secretary Opelo could not engage on the issue as he said the matter is before the court of law but admitted that BMC is still struggling with cash flow.