Let's Get Serious With BMC

Every day we speak of how farming is important and a rewarding feat. We encourage farmers to take farming seriously and encourage them to use vehicles such as Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) to make the best of their produce.

We have heard of so many disturbing stories about the commission. How do some of its leaders put their interests before those of the organisation? How broke is the BMC? We have now reached an all-time low. How does a whole BMC run for five months without a chief executive officer (CEO)?

Why would the assistant minister be at pains of answering a simple question of why is BMC without at least an acting CEO? Why can't she tell us what they are doing to remedy the situation?

A lot of farmers and indeed the nation at large has been denied an opportunity to know how the BMC is doing. That was supposed to come to the fore before the parliamentary committee, but we were all robbed of an opportunity to hear the truth. Batswana need to know if it is true that their beloved BMC is on its knees. They need to know if they can still trust the BMC for their cattle. We should never forget how much BMC has done for this nation and how important it is for it to be run professionally.

We call on the minister to address the nation on what is going on at the commission. We cannot continue as if it is business as usual when such disorderliness is the state of affairs. Heads must roll, if it is the minister delaying the appointment, then maybe Mr President should relieve him of his duties or at least try to find out what is happening.

If it is the board delaying the minister with recommending at least a person to act as CEO, then they might as well be dissolved. They have only been in office for less than a year and should be exerting such energies as they accepted the appointments to take the commission to greater heights.

We further call on Batswana not to lose trust in BMC, but to stand up and call for accountability. We all know how much cattle have done for this country and that should not come to an end now. We as the media will maintain our role in relaying the truth and dig it up if the authorities are keeping it away from the people.

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