“Why do we need Masisi as President?” – Mohwasa

The main opposition party- the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is not pleased with a situation at hand where a number of state owned enterprises are running without Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).

“Is the President saying it is ok and efficient to have Mr. Slumber Tsogwane as Acting President for six months or more? Is he saying there will be no difference in the running of this country? If so, why do we need him as President and pay and maintain him and his family so handsomely?” Moeti Mohwasa, UDC’s Head of Communications wondered.

This comes after the President made a statement that he is not worried that DEBSWANA and Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) are operating without CEOs. President Masisi was responding to a question by one journalist yesterday during his press briefing when arriving from Mozambique last night.

According to Mohwasa, having officers acting for a long time and not appointing them to those high positions is “a sign of corruption and intimidation as acting officers live under hope that they will one day be appointed”. This, according to UDC render them to be vulnerable. According to a press release by UDC communications, there are Seventeen (17) state owned enterprises that are currently running without CEOs.

Yesterday Sunday Standard Newspaper reported that the Acting CEO of the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) has, since the 1st of March 2021, gone back to her previous position of Executive Manager Compliance. The reports also have it that the position of the Board Chair is also vacant after the resignation of the Former Chair. Moreover, it has been reported that Former Acting CEO is to account for about Two Million Pula (P2 Million) in personal allowances. These include; housing allowance, cellphone allowance, as well as food and meat ration.

“UDC objects strongly to corruption, misgovernance and bullying perpetrated by the Masisi regime which is bankrupt in terms of ethics and good governance. Batswana should wake up and feel this reality.”

Moeti Mohwasa, UDC Head of Communications

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