Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Saleshando wary of the new government

Selibe Phikwe West Member of Parliament Gilson Saleshando last week launched a scathing attack on President Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s government, saying that they are engaged in a reckless, unscrupulous and unethical agenda through which they bend the rules to satisfy their sycophants and bootlickers in the name of creating new committee boards.

Last week alone the statistics, competition and tourism organization bills were passed by parliament, with the new committee’s boards also being established to mandate the provisions and functions of the respective organizations.

Saleshando did not take kindly to the new developments, dismissing them as a bluff designed to appease BDP big-wigs, friends and allies who have in the past diligently paid allegiance to the party.

“I am reluctant to support this bill because I read mischief in the ruling party’s creation of jobs for their friends and bootlickers, under the guise of transforming the board of directors. I will not fall prey to this anomaly,” said Saleshando.

The opposition has, for a long time, vented out their displeasure at the manner in which the selection of members of the lucrative boards is handled, arguing that there is more than meets the eye in the appointments as they are more inclined to the members of the BDP.

However, Education Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi countered that the members of the board do not necessarily represent any constituents or interest groups, with the exception of the representative of the ministry.

“Instead they will be selected on the basis of their skill, experience and competence with relevance to tourism. It is further proposed that the chief executive officer be an ex-officio member to ensure commitment and accountability,” said Venson-Moitoi.

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