Gov’t dismisses Red Cross wrangling

Dumezweni Mthimkhulu PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Dumezweni Mthimkhulu PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Sixteen months later, the Botswana Red Cross Society is yet to elect a new president and two deputies. Despite these, Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Dumezweni Mthimkhulu told Parliament this week that everything is running smoothly at the society.

Francistown South legislator, Wynter Mmolotsi had asked; how much subvention has been given to the Red Cross Society in the last five years; the intended purpose of the subvention; how the society accounts to government; and whether government knows if the money is used for the intended purpose.

“The total subvention given to the Botswana Red Cross Society in the past five years is P20, 919,291.95. The intended purpose of the subvention is to extend government support to the organisation in the form of financial assistance in order to cover its administrative costs as a response to disaster management, health emergencies as well as other social challenges in communities countrywide. The Red Cross accounts to Government through submission of both annual reports and financial audit reports. I can confirm that Government knows that the money is used for its intended purpose since Government is represented in the Board,” he said.

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