Government has of late stated its intentions to introduce standard overall achievement awards for best overall performances delivered by hard working civil servants, in recognition of their contribution to the economy of Botswana.
The decision to come up with the service excellence awards is said to have been inspired by the already existing award ceremony made popular by Botswana’s own militia, the Botswana Defense Force (BDF).
This comes at a time when some civil servants have been accused of neglecting their working duties due to laziness and indiscipline.
According to Lieutenant General Tebogo Masire of BDF, when the time comes, the BDF might have to make adjustments to their own yearly award ceremony, in order to fall in line with government’s requirements of prize-giving ceremonies.
The Botswana militia has on countless occasions been commended for producing some of the country’s most hard working individuals.
The BDF recently held its annual 2nd honours and awards ceremony at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) auditorium with impressive elegance.
The ceremony was held in recognition of hard working and deserving members of the BDF, ranging from civilians to employees personnel.
The ceremony had been divided into two: the individual awards and the group awards categories.
The organizers had decided to lighten up the event by adding the BDF women’s club achievement award plus the best media house which went to the Daily News for its extensive coverage of BDF events.
In an interesting twist, some of the prizes that were said to be won by the headquarters were, as a matter of fact, meant for camps that were attached to the headquarters.
According to Masire, even though the actual head quarters didn’t receive any prizes, he was glad the big winners of the ceremony were the Commandos units, as they should naturally be above all units in terms of preparedness and readiness.
“Its quite befitting that the commando units won the best overall unit, for if they had not won, I personally would have been concerned and skeptical about our readiness for war,” said Masire.
Member of Parliament for Selibe Phikwe East, Kavis Kario, who embraced the event as an honorary guest, took a leaf from the current commander-in-chief and former lieutenant general Ian Khama’s inauguration speech when he preached of commitment, discipline and teamwork for BDF employees to improve their working environments to high standards.
Khama had said that he expected the militia to lead by example in terms of discipline as part of their working requirements.
Kario also commended the BDF personnel and award winners for their selfless quests to serve the nation at all times.
“Success and excellence come at a cost,” said Kario.