The Botswana Telecommunications Authority has been forced to withdraw its initial advert calling for applications for the post of Chief Executive Officer following complaints by some candidate.
The initial advert indicated that application letters should be addressed for the attention of Mr. C Lekaukau.
One of the candidates, a former cabinet minister, is understood to have complained to Vice President Ian Khama that addressing letters to Lekaukau, current office bearer, constituted conflict of interest.
Lekaukau has, however, indicated that he will not be applying for the post and the BTA advert duly states that “ a vacancy for the position of the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Telecommunications Authority will arise on 1st January 2007, as a result of the retirement of the Present Chief Executive.”
In new adverts, which started circulating last week, it is stated that application letters should be addressed to the attention of the BTA board secretary.
Lekaukau, the founder CEO is the authority’s Executive Chairman, the position will, however, be unbundled to chairman and executive secretary, a position mooted by the ministry of communications and supported by Lekaukau.
The unbundling of the position was first pushed by former Minister, Boyce Sebetela, as part of a raft of changes he wanted to implement apparently to curtail the authority’s independence.