Monday, October 26, 2020

Khama’s roadmap leads to a dead end

President Lt Gen Ian Khama has secretly ditched his five Ds roadmap because it was failing and has replaced it with a development blueprint entitled “The Road to Prosperity”,  leaked documents from the Office of the President have revealed.

The document compiled in the run up to the 2014 elections detailing Khama’s achievements and failures of President Khama admits that the Five Ds roadmap had failed.

The document proposed that to prop up the Khama administration ahead of the 2014 general elections, there was need to come up with a new roadmap because while the five Ds appeared good on paper they failed to bear the desired results.

Upon ascending to the highest office in the land on 1st April 2008, Khama presented his roadmap hinged on the four Ds of democracy, discipline, dignity, and development. A year later after Botswana’s 10th general elections Khama moved swiftly to add “delivery” to the equation.

The confidential document, a copy of which was obtained by Sunday Standard shows that the new roadmap is anchored on quality of life, safety and security, innovative, vibrant and competitive nation of opportunity.

Sunday Standard was unable to establish who authored the document which bears the copy right of Presidential Affairs Minister Eric Molale.

It is also not clear why the Road to Prosperity roadmap was not presented to the nation as it is accompanied by President Khama’s letter to voters promising among other things to make job creation and poverty eradication his priority.

The document sets new targets and measures with President Khama and Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi as the main drivers of the Road to Prosperity roadmap.

Using the traffic light concept (red, yellow and green) on a political scorecard and showing Khama as the political leader, the document used the colour red to indicate that Economic Diversification Drive as one of the goals Khama set out to achieve was not achieved or is difficult to achieve.

The document also used the colour yellow to classify job creation, poverty eradication, food security, youth empowerment, water and electricity, infrastructure development and maintenance, education and skills development and reaching out to the electorate as expected goals that have not been reached or are a work in process.

Using the colour green to indicate success, the document shows that citizen empowerment, competitiveness, safety and health care are counted among the success of Khama’s administration.

Regarding the civil service scorecard which shows the Permanent Secretary to the President as the leader of the civil service, the document used red colour to indicate that change management and government modernization had not been achieved or are difficult to achieve. 

The document classified implementation, leadership and management; performance based rewarding, alignment of government wide action, decentralisation and resource stewardship as a work in progress. The document cites strategic review, attunement of staff and strategic planning among its success on the civil service scorecard. 

The Road to Prosperity roadmap is hinged on quality of life, safety and security innovation, vibrant and competitive nation of opportunity. To achieve the targets, ministers have been tasked with ensuring that Botswana is corrupt free. It emerges in the documents that creation of job opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and income generation is one of the priorities of the government after the 2014 elections and it is the responsibilities of the ministers to fast-track the project.

The ministers are expected to report to Khama and Masisi regarding progress on components of the roadmap.

According to the document, Permanent Secretaries under the supervision of the ministers are to ensure that land and housing ownership as well as educational and skills developments are treated as matters that need attention.

Still under the supervision of ministers, the Permanent Secretaries should also ensure that citizen economic empowerment and youth empowerment, poverty eradication and food security, infrastructure development and maintenance, government modernisation and reforms are addressed and implemented with the urgency that they deserve.

The ministers will also supervise Permanent Secretaries to ensure that the there is “quality service, implementation for impact, compliance, resource optimisation and coordination and collaboration.”

On the other hand, Permanent Secretaries will supervise directors of various government departments to ensure that standards and norms within the public service are maintained.

They are also to ensure that service delivery is of high standard and come up with innovative ways and be disciplined.

For their part, the directors will then supervise the civil servants to ensure that punctuality within the civil service is of highs standard. They will have to ensure that there is convenient and prompt service within the public service. The civil service will also have to attend to general grievances promptly, pay attention to complaints, respect clients. They have to ensure that they respond to issues of negligence timeously, help desks functioning reduce red tape and eliminate corruption.

Reached for a comment Molale could neither confirm nor deny that he authored the document.

“I wouldn’t know the document you are talking about unless I see it with my eyes. I have written so many documents and it could be one of those that I have written or not,” he said.

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