Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Mogae reshuffles the pack

Following months of speculation of a cabinet reshuffle, President Festus Mogae has moved to implement the reshuffle.
Ponatshego Kedikilwe has been roped into cabinet to hold the all too important portfolio of Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.
Kedikilwe replaces Charles Tibone who has been moved to a less plum job of Minister of Labour and Home Affairs.
Another entrant into cabinet is Daniel Kwelagobe who has been made Minister in the Office of the President responsible for Public Service, NACA, Ombudsman, Implementation Unit and the Independent Electoral Commission.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has been divided into two.
The other wing is held by Phandu Skelemani who is responsible for Attorney General’s Chambers, Police, the Botswana Defence Force, Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime as well as Security.
Moeng Pheto has been moved from the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs. He now heads a new entity, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
Assistant Minister Peter Siele has been moved from Agriculture to Education. He remains a Junior Minister alongside Moggy Mbaakanyi while Mfa has been moved to Agriculture still as a junior minister.
Lebonaamang Mokalake has entered cabinet as junior Minister of Trade assisting Neo Moroka.
All other portfolios remain unchanged.
Observers this week were united that the reshuffle is a calculated move by Mogae to bring peace into the BDP.
Kedikilwe and Kwelagobe are leaders of a BDP faction that has long complained of exclusionism by Mogae.
Kwelagobe who is also the BDP Secretary was dropped from cabinet following the 2004 election.
Kedikilwe resigned from cabinet as a Minister of Education in the early part of the decade saying the ministry was complicated for him, but arguably the most erudite Member of Parliament, observers discerned a protest at the treatment he was receiving at the hands of both President Mogae and Vice President Ian Khama.

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