Thursday, October 29, 2020

‘Vice president’s aide not qualified’ – Saleshando

Parliament was on Friday spellbound to learn that the only qualification the senior private secretary to the vice president holds is a simple mechanical technician certificate.

The Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Daniel Kwelagobe, told parliament that Isaac Kgosi “took up the position on 15th June 1998. At the time of his redeployment he held a mechanical technical certificate.”

Kwelagobe refuted statements from Gaborone Central MP, Dumelang Saleshando, who said Kgosi was unqualified for the job adding “any suitable officer serving in the public sector can hold the position of senior private secretary to the vice president as long as they can perform to the expectation of the job”.

Those in the know say Kgosi was hand picked by the vice president purely because he was his secretary during his army days.

The appointment to such an outstanding position was largely because of the trust and friendship the two established at the military grounds, they say.
They say Kgosi was not the answer to the needs of the job nor qualified for the job.

“All I can tell you is that any suitable officer serving in the public sector can hold this position provided he/she performs to the expectation of the job.
Kgosi was therefore the suitable candidate”, Kwelagobe reiterated upon further questioning by Saleshando that Kgosi’s qualifications were outside the area of specialty.

It also emerged in parliament that Kgosi’s main duties to the vice president include the management of the diaries, secretarial and advisory services.

“He provides support to the vice president and to cabinet business and to any other matter that requires his attention in running the executive affairs of government and, most importantly, he is a spokesperson to the vice president,” Kwelagobe maintained.
He was answering a question from Saleshando.

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