After denying it for over two months, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Lesego Motsumi, has finally confirmed that she is on her way out of cabinet to take up a diplomatic appointment.
Motsumi is expected to file her resignation letter soon.
“I have not resigned because am still trying to inform myself and I have not officially accepted the offer because it requires consultation,”
She told The Telegraph in an interview that she had been briefed by President Ian Khama about her redeployment.
Ex Assistant minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mokgwetsi Masisi has taken over as the substantive minister.
“I can confirm that I have been briefed and am yet to get more details concerning the appointment,” she said.
She, however, declined to disclose where she would be going and when she is officially taking up the appointment.
“I am going to have another meeting to get more relevant information and get to know what it involves,” she said.
Motsumi defended herself for denying the report when The Telegraph first broke it sometime last year.
She said at the time she was not aware of any vacancy.
“You hate being told the truth; at the time as far as I was concerned I was still minister and knew nothing about such a vacancy,” she stated.
The Acting minister of Foreign Affair and International Cooperation, Mokgweetsi Masisi, said that government was not in a position to disclose where Motsumi will be posted, adding that all has not been finalized.
“It can’t be revealed now because the country proposed would need to confirm first, it can only be made public after the host country has availed a response,” he stated.
With Motsumi going parliament will have to nominate another specially elected MP. However, although many names have been touted, President Ian Khama is keeping everyone guessing as to who the mysterious entrant to parley would be.
Insiders have revealed that Khama has kept the name close to his chest and is deliberately not filing cabinet posts until after the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers have approved the name.
This BDP caucus meets on the 7th of February, just before the budget speech.