I will continue tendering for gov’t projects – PSP’s husband

Joseph
Joseph

Rocked by reports that he is using his wife’s influence to get a lucrative tender for the construction of 28 police stations across Botswana, Joseph Peloetletse, the husband of Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Emma Peloetletse, says he is going to continue tendering for government projects despite corruption allegations.

Joseph, who is a shareholder in Legacy Pursuit Proprietary Limited through his company Joe’s Electrical, has been the subject of a controversial tender, which has seen a whistleblower writing a complaint letter to President Mokgweetsi Masisi about the matter. At two months old, Legacy Pursuit was one of the nine companies approved through selective tendering for the construction of 28 police stations across the country for the Botswana Police Service (BPS). The whistleblower wants Masisi to initiate an independent and comprehensive investigation into the procurement decisions related to the construction of 28 police stations. The crux of the complaint is that Legacy Pursuit was incorporated just two months prior to the tender’s approval, therefore lacks a substantial track record for a project of that scale. The whistleblower also wrote that the restrictive selection of companies like Legacy Pursuit raises serious questions about the fairness and legality of procurement decisions.

In response to the allegations labelled against him, his wife and Legacy Pursuit, Joseph told the media this week that his wife is the PSP but he started his company in 1989 when his wife was still a junior officer. He said he is not going to stop tendering for government jobs despite the allegations brought forward by the whistleblower against him. Joseph claimed that he does not discuss government tenders with the PSP and that his wife does not know much about government tenders for various ministries. “I read the Government Gazette mostly because that’s where the tenders are. My wife mostly knows about tenders in her ministry but I have always been informed that there is a no go area,” he said. He said besides tenders from the Office of the President (OP), he is free to tender anywhere her wife is not conflicted. “My wife is not involved in any adjudication of tender awarding, ke motho hela wa modimo,”

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