If a recent statement released by the Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency is anything to go by, then the fate of the national airline has been sealed, save for the details.
The statement indicates that government is in negotiations with Airlink, the details of which it does not reveal.
"Under the proposal, the Botswana government and Airlink would establish a new airline as a joint venture.
This would be called Botswana Airlink. The government would have the controlling stake of 50.1% of the shares while Airlink would hold 49.9%. Airlink would be responsible for managing the business. The new airline would become Botswana's national carrier" the statement says. The statement remains sketchy on the fate of Air Botswana employees adding; "The position of the employees would be determined by the outcome of the commercial and financial negotiations with Airlink".
Earlier this year parliament adopted a motion calling for the suspension of the negotiations with some members arguing that the process transgressed some parts of the Air Botswana Transitions Act and the Privatisation Policy adopted by the house.
However cabinet went ahead with the negotiations, sparking a row between the two arms of government and a possible lawsuit by the opposition Botswana Congress Party against Cabinet.