Monday, July 22, 2024

Is Masisi  a can-do president under a can’t-win corruption cloud?

As President Mokgweetsi Masisi prepares for the end of his first term in office, his presidency is becoming a race between his achievements and his lack of restraint.

Armed with a vision of economic transformation, diversification, and citizen empowerment, Masisi has embarked on an ambitious journey of recovery and prosperity post Covid-19. However, allegations of corruption within his administration are casting a shadow over what could be hailed as a commendable economic performance.

Allegations of fudging have dogged Masisi’s administration since he assumed office. Memories of his oath of office were still fresh when he found himself warding off allegation of apparent influence peddling in the award of a government Farm at Banyana Farms. Media reports suggested President Masisi was awarded a government farm at Banyana Farms, despite his bid not fully meeting the brief. This raised concerns about the ethics of the transaction and potential flouting of procurement rules.

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