Botswana resource-cursed, says Shaleshando

Dumelang Saleshando PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Dumelang Saleshando PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

As the Government Accounting and Budgeting System (GABS) has adversely affected the execution of financial transactions, especially payment of suppliers of goods and services, Member of Parliament (MP) for Maun West, Dumelang Shaleshando has accused Botswana of being resource-cursed.

Debating a motion on the growing backlog of payments to suppliers caused by GABS in Parliament on Friday, Shaleshando said Botswana is faced with what is called a resource curse which has come in the form of inefficiency and corruption.

The legislator said this when debating a motion that was tabled by the MP for Kanye North, Thapelo Letsholo who had submitted a motion as an urgent public importance. Letsholo has asked government to consider employing temporary staff to address the growing backlog of payments to suppliers caused by GABS and further that existing officers be encouraged to work overtime to expedite the clearance of this backlog by December 20.

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