Saturday, May 28, 2022

Political appointees flood public service as Khama rewards fallen Ministers, MP’s

The fall of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big shorts in the recent elections is expected to flood Botswana’s diplomatic service and the government enclave with more political appointees.

Sunday Standard has learnt that former Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Oreeditse Molebatsi will be appointed Botswana’s ambassador in Zimbabwe. Molebatsi will be replacing another political appointee, Gladys Kokorwe who has since been recalled to take up a position as Speaker of the National Assembly.

Molebatsi was defeated by former Minister of Trade and Industry, the now Minister of Health Dorcas Makgato in the party primaries. Reached for comment Molebatsi said there was only one person with authority, “that one person is the President himself.” He said President Ian Khama has not approached him yet. “Really I do not know anything about that; if it is like that procedure will be followed to inform me of that.

Right now I am clueless,” he said, refusing to comment any further. Former Minister in the Ministry of Local Government Lebonaamang Mokalake will be appointed Botswana’s Ambassador in Zambia. Mokalake will replace career diplomat, Tuelonyana Oliphant, who is still to be re-deployed. Mokalake also lost in Boteti South losing to Sethomo Lelatisitswe in a constituency that has been renamed Boteti East. Mokalake could not be reached for comment.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phandu Skelemani is expected to replace another political appointee, Tebelelo Seretse as Botswana’s Ambassador to the United States. Skelemani, Molebatsi and Mokalake will be joining other political appointees in the diplomatic service among them Jacob Nkate who is in Japan and Roy Blackbeard who is in the United Kingdom. BDP loyalist, Bernard Bolele who lost the party primaries in Mahalapye has been appointed Chairperson of BIUST University. Former Assistant Minister of Local Government Olebile Gaborone has been appointed Coordinator, Poverty Eradication, Office of the President.

Gaborone lost the general elections to Same Bathobakae of the Umbrella for Democratic Change; Former MP for Kweneng South East Edward Raletobana has been appointed Manager, Government Implementation Coordinating Office, Office of the President. Raletobana lost the party primary elections to Lesedi Mmusi.

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