�Clueless officers� supervise billion pula gov�t projects

Iphraim Balebetse speaking at PAC.PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO.
Iphraim Balebetse speaking at PAC.PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO.

An atmosphere of shock, disappointment and embarrassment ruled supreme at Parliament Annexe buildings on Tuesday when two senior officers from the Ministry of Transport and Communications failed to account for government road infrastructure projects worth over P3 billion.

Deputy permanent secretary, Ephraim Balebetse and acting deputy permanent secretary (Transport) Orapeleng Mosegi found themselves in ‘extra-hot’ seats when the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Communication Technology demanded them to account for the Charleshill-Ncojane road project; Kazungula Bridge project; Mohembo Bridge project and Gaborone-Boatle road projects with a total of over P3 billion.

Balebetse told the committee that the ministry has encountered serious leadership challenges since it was established in 2009 and has had seven ministers to date. It is even worse for permanent secretaries who come and go within a short period of time. So far, the current permanent secretary has been with the ministry for about six months and is still familiarising himself with government operations and structures, and was unable to appear before the committee because he had to travel abroad.

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