In an effort to exert his authority once and for all, Vice President Ian Khama has appointed additional names to the PEEPA Board.
The move is seen as Khama’s determination to neutralize the present Board, which, for some time, has been stalling the cabinet directive to appoint Joshua Galeforolwe as the Chief Executive of the privatization agency.
In the latest twist, cabinet has added the names of Debswana Managing Director, Blackie Marole, Director in the Department of Building and Engineering Services, Jimmy Modise, lawyer Sadique Bonang former Member of Parliament, Shirley Segokgo, architect Jerry Mookodi, Setshedi Mmopi and Permanent Secretary Barney Molosiwa.
Marole, widely seen as Khama’s right hand man, is poised to replace Serwalo Tumelo as Chairman of PEEPA.
The latest move by cabinet comprehensively seals the long running drama at PEEPA which started over two months ago when the PEEPA Board declined to hire Galeforolwe as the cabinet directive, saying that was the Board’s prerogative.
Khama who had chaired the cabinet meeting that came up with a directive to reappoint Galeforolwe has not taken kindly to the Board’s decision to overturn that directive.
He has been holding a series of meetings trying to broker a settlement between government and the Board.
But things took a dramatic twist when the Board instructed Galeforolwe to stop coming to PEEPA officers and hand back the agency’s property including house and car.