VP ‘ takes over’ billions in tenders

Parliament of Botswana
Parliament of Botswana

Controversy is brewing within the upper levels of government as a leaked Cabinet memo suggests that a South African company will be engaged to oversee major public tenders, and ultimately report only to Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane.

The company, a Durban based firm (names known to this publication) is named in a secret Cabinet memo dated November 18 2022, despite the fact that the Transitional National Development Plan, which calls for the appointment of a development manager to oversee major projects, was only passed by Parliament this week.

The SA firm is set to reap a commission of up to 12 percent for each major project it monitors, with an additional maximum of three percent of the project cost being charged as “development fees”.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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