Senior government officials are in a painstaking exercise of finalising the creation of new ministries and their related departments, and allocating potential candidates to lead such for final consideration by President Ian Khama and his advisers. Current ministries and departments are likely to be renamed in this exhaustive exercise, informed sources revealed. As things stand no Minister or Permanent Secretary is sure that they will retain their position with even the Private Secretaries to the ministers being crucified by anxiety. Most of the private secretaries are hired at the exclusive discretion and desire of their principals – assistant and full ministers – just as is the case with MPs constituency office administrators. With Parliament having passed a Bill seeking to increase ministries and the number of Specially Elected MPs from four to six, the matter is now on President Ian Khama’s desk to assent to the Bill and undertake a reshuffle.
It is expected that as soon as the golden jubilee celebrations are over, President Khama will shift his attention to the Government delivery starting with putting up a team that could see to the end of his term and hence secure his legacy. Anxiety bordering on panic has reached crescendo levels within the Government Enclave as neither ministers nor senior civil servants are sure that they will survive the looming axe. Underperforming executives are likely to be shown the door as are ministers. Others are equally looking on with glee as they anticipate promotions. With the ministries of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and that of Education and Skills Development due to be split it goes without saying that two new Permanent Secretary positions will be created. Some of the possible candidates for appointment include former Debswana Managing Director Blackie Marole, the Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi, former army commander Tebogo Masire and the ruling party’s new catches from the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) – Okavango MP Bagalatia Arone and former BCP parliamentary candidate for Bonnington North, Annah Motlhagodi-Mokgethi.
Recently the ruling party held a caucus in which they decided to call for a special sitting of Parliament for the nomination of Specially Elected MPs, some of whom would be made ministers in Khama’s reshuffle. As such BDP MPs will be celebrating independence with their minds far and pre-occupied with what lies ahead for them. This being President Khama’s major last reshuffle with less than 24 months left at State House he is moving in to ensure that all his promises are fulfilled and that his legacy is well secured. He is most likely not to curry favours; but go for whoever he considers the best candidate out of all he is offered by Parliament.