Saturday, October 24, 2020

Botswana’s longest serving expatriate runs out of chances

Deputy Government Printer, who is Botswana’s longest serving expatriate in the Ministry of Communications Science and Technology, will not have his contract renewed when it expires next year.

Minister of Communications Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson, told Parliament this week that the longest serving expatriate officer in his ministry is the Deputy Government Printer and “the plan is to localize the post at the end of the contract in 2007.”

The Deputy Government Printer was first employed in 1995, and is now serving a fourth contract while five other officers in the ministry are serving a third contract, four a second and 21 are on their first contract.

The minister said currently there are 31 expatriate officers out of a total establishment of 1167. “Out of these 31 officers, 25 are serving in senior positions of systems analysts in the Department of Information Technology.

The Minister was answering a question from Tswapong South MP Oreeditse Molebatsi.

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