Kereng ‘betrays’ Masisi

Former Minister of Environment and Tourism, Philda Kereng, one of the four women who were roped into President Mokgweetsi Masisi-led Cabinet in 2019 through the President’s deliberate empowerment of women politicians, might have betrayed her principal.
Former Minister of Environment and Tourism, Philda Kereng, one of the four women who were roped into President Mokgweetsi Masisi-led Cabinet in 2019 through the President’s deliberate empowerment of women politicians, might have betrayed her principal.

Former Minister of Environment and Tourism, Philda Kereng, one of the four women who were roped into President Mokgweetsi Masisi-led Cabinet in 2019 through the President’s deliberate empowerment of women politicians, might have betrayed her principal.

Mmegi has received information that Kereng’s main crime is that she allegedly had a private meeting with former president Ian Khama in South Africa recently without prior knowledge of her principal, an offence that is considered to be a betrayal of national security. President Masisi and Khama have been at loggerheads since 2018 when Masisi ascended to the highest office in the land as the fifth State President. Their issues have more to do with the now criminal charges that Khama is facing relating to ‘weapons of war’ that he ‘inappropriately’ possesses.

Kereng’s case could be a typical example of women empowerment plan that has terribly gone wrong, as Kereng has always been one of Masisi’s trusted lieutenants. Her credentials also qualified her for the job just like others nominated as Specially Elected Members of Parliament (SEMP). Quizzed if indeed she has had a private meeting with Khama as alleged, Kereng denied that in a WhatsApp interview with Mmegi: “I told that journalist I don’t respond to lies and rumours. He must give full account of that meeting I don’t know. He should also explain further how a person is rewarded with a Foreign Service appointment for a crime. Ke ene a ka tlhalosang those rumours (He is the one who can explain such rumours).”

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