The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) will get the lion’s share of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration’s National Development Plan 11 budget of P4 billion. Presenting his ministry’s proposed NDP 11 projects and programmes in parliament, Minister Eric Molale said that one of the priorities for NDP 11 is consolidation of good governance and strengthening of national security. “Therefore, One Billion, Six Hundred and Sixty-Eight million, Five Hundred Pula is earmarked to strengthen the Directorate of Intelligence and Security by way of improving communications, infrastructure, purchase of equipment and vehicles,” said the minister without elaborating further. He also proposed P34 million for the construction of President Ian Khama’s retirement home and office space. President Khama will relinquish power in 2018 paving way for his successor. Speculation has been rife that he wants his retirement home to be in Mosu, his ancestral village. The minister also proposed to use P115m in refurbishing Orapa House which was bought by Government in 2015 at a cost of P88.4 million. At the time it was seen as a strategic venue to host the Office of the President. The multi storey building used to house Debswana Mining Company.
The corruption busting unit, Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) will get P69 million which will be used for improving ICT, infrastructure, purchase of equipment and vehicles. The Auditor General, which will complete and implement the results of the restructuring exercise in NDP 11 to rationalise human capital, streamline core processes and optimally leverage Information Technology to further their mandate and improve on the delivery will get P6 million.
“The drive to professionalise the Office will be intensified to enhance the quality of the audit service and position the Auditor General to play a more meaningful role in the public sector auditing space locally and internationally,” said Molale. Botswana Public Service College will get P10 million, which according to Molale, will be used to renovate the old administration block. Social protection and disaster preparedness which encompass three departments will get P2 billion which will be shared amongst poverty eradication, disaster management and empowerment of people living with disabilities. According to Molale, People with Disabilities will be empowered with entrepreneurial skills to venture into sustainable and viable income generating activities. “Entrepreneurial development is chosen as a vehicle for poverty eradication among People with Disabilities to participate in social and economic development initiatives and create employment. People with Disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities,” he said.
The Broadcasting Department got over P557,200,000 which is second after DIS and unlike DIS where it was not elaborated how it will be used, the funds will be used to upgrade transmitters and broadcasting facilities as well as procure radio and television equipment and establish Botswana Television second channel.
In the NDP 11 budget proposal security at parliament and parliamentary village will be enhanced. Molale said that a visitor’s centre and a perimeter fence (boundary wall) will be erected around Parliament at a proposed total cost of P13m. Parliament is also proposing to broadcast the parliamentary business in the NDP 11 and P12 million has been budgeted for the project. This, Molale said, is in response to the request by the electorates to have parliamentary businesses broadcasted. Parliament will acquire and install security equipment in and around its precincts. The total cost required for the project is P17 million.