Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Brace yourself Molale, Dikgosi want answers

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Eric Molale should brace himself for a hard morning tomorrow before his “superiors”.

Dikgosi at Ntlo Ya Dikgosi will grill him over persistent shoddy projects rendered by foreign companies that continue to win tenders despite bad records. They will also want to know what action has been taken on the culprits.

Kgosi Galeakanye Modise of Tswapong will trigger the debate by asking the Minister to explain why action is not taken against any professional officer who advises or fails to supervise a project at its initial stage or even after realising that there are defects after the project hand-over.

Foreign companies, especially of Chinese origin, win mega government sponsored projects providing unprofessional expertise and supervision. The end product often leaves much to be desired.  They fall into pieces within a two-year period, according to Modise.

“Talk about the National Stadium, Francistown Stadium and the bridge in Moshupa that collapsed recently.

Batswana-built projects, according to the traditional leader, last longer unlike those of foreigners who are hell-bent on ripping the country of its already depleted coffers.

“You could add Morupule B on the list. We were told power shortages would be a thing of the past and that we could be exporting surplus power even. Talk of the water crisis and still here we are,” Modise argued.

He is concerned that the same foreign companies continue to win the lucrative government sponsored tenders.

An advisory body to Parliament, Ntlo Ya Dikgosi began its business last week with a computer training session to be followed by the questions and motions session before the traditional leaders attend the much anticipated budget speech on March 6.

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