President Ian Khama has sacked the Director General of GICO (Government Implementation Coordination Office) Moses Lekaukau.
Lekaukau’s contract was terminated on Tuesday with immediate effect.
His contract was expected to end May, 2010.
In a strange twist of events, Lekaukau was handed his letter by Acting Permanent Secretary to the President, Bruce Palai and escorted out of the GICO offices by senior operatives of DIS (Directorate of Intelligence and Security).
The letter does not state any reasons for immediate termination of contract.
While Lekaukau’s employment contract has a clause giving him and his employer the leeway to immediately terminate the contract in lieu of a monthly salary, speculation is already rife about the real reasons behind the contract termination.
Questions are also being asked as to why Lekaukau (65) had to be escorted out of the GICO premises by intelligence and security operatives.
Government insiders say Lekaukau’s contract termination is part of a grand witch-hunt currently going on inside both the ruling BDP and the public service.
An accomplished businessman with strong-willed personality, Lekaukau is known to be close and sympathetic to a BDP faction led by Daniel Kwelagobe and Ponatshego Kedikilwe.
This is the same faction housing the suspended BDP Secretary General, Gomolemo Motswaledi who is currently involved in a legal tussle with President Khama.
A former Executive Chairman of BTA (Botswana Telecommunications Authority) and a longtime Permanent Secretary, Lekaukau is also a leading businessman sitting as a director on a number of the Botswana Stock Exchange listed companies.