Outspoken MP and chair of the Parliamentary Committee of Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises (PCSBSE) Samson Moyo Guma has landed in trouble for allegedly defying the leadership by summoning Minister Tshekedi Khama to appear before his committee. This move is said to have caused division within both the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and Government. Information gathered by this publication is that when PCSBSE summoned BTO Chief Executive Officer Brian Dithebe, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Elias Magosi and Minister Khama, Guma was asked to cancel the examination. The refusal by Guma to cancel the examination of BTO is said to have resulted with state security agents being deployed to investigate his business transactions especially the multimillion oil refinery factory in Francistown whose production will soon start. “The intention was to block the issuing of licence for the projects pending investigations but it has since been granted license this week,” said source at OP. Security agents are said to be tailing Guma to try and pin him on any suspicious deals he is in.
The Government is said to have been worried that the publicising of the administrative mess at Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) will embarrass it and have negative impact on the ruling party. Guma is said to have stood his ground and informed the leadership that he was not acting alone in the committee and that there were doing that in the interest of the nation. Realising that the plan won’t work, it was decided that Dithebe’s notice be reduced to a week and have Minister Khama to fly out of the country to make sure the examination failed. The plan backfired as the examinations continued in the absence of Minister Tshekedi and proved suicidal as Dithebe and Magosi spilled beans on him. When he appeared before the committee last week alone, Minister Khama said his examination was politically motivated. He avoided addressing issues regarding the lack of governance at BTO and became personal, saying Guma was also misled during his time as cabinet minister. Guma refused to comment on whether he was asked to stop the examination of BTO CEO, Magosi and Minister Khama saying he cannot comment on the proceeding of his committee as it is against the law.