Gaps in gov’t comms as Sesinyi exits


After almost three years as Permanent Secretary, Government Communications in the Ministry for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Andrew Sesinyi’s contract came to an end.

A communicator of note, Sesinyi’s exit has been visible with multiple communication errors and gaps especially with regard to the recent health of President Mokgweetsi Masisi. The lapses in government communications started late last year after Sesinyi departed and the private media was not invited to a major function such as the recent swearing in ceremony of members of the Commission of Inquiry on Constitutional Review which was held on the Christmas eve. Following that, on the third day of 2022, a press release was issued from the Office of the President by Acting Permanent Secretary. ‘Governmnet Communcations’ John- Thomas Dipowe informing the nation that President Mokgweetsi Masisi had tested positive for COVID-19. It was puzzling how the two words, Government and Communications were misspelt. Dipowe further announced that though the President had no symptoms, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane would act in his (Masisi's) capacity.

There was then speculation that the President could have been unwell as he had been previously on isolation as a contact but did not appoint anyone to act on his behalf. In an effort to dismiss the rumours, a follow up statement was written by Dipowe on January, 6, 2022 announcing that Masisi continued to be on self isolation and that he still had no symptoms. That time around, Dipowe had altered the name of his office - Acting PS, Botswana Government Communications and Information Systems A day before Dipowe’s second press release, it emerged that Masisi was in Mozambique in the last week of December where he held meetings with his counterpart Filipe Nyusi in Cabo Delgado province.

Editor's Comment
Government’s efforts commendable!

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