How Govt wasted P55m 

SHARE   |   Monday, 05 June 2017   |   By Phillimon Mmeso 
How Govt wasted P55m 

The Office of the President, which has been tasked with ensuring government mega projects are implemented, embarrassed themselves before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when the Permanent Secretary Kebonye Moepeng disclosed that she was not aware of a CA Clarity System (commonly referred to as project Motshwarateu). The system, which was procured in 2008 under the Government Implementation Coordination Office (GIOC) that was established after President Ian Khama took office, was to try and help in ensuring government mega projects were finished on time. PAC member Mephato Reatile asked why the National Strategic Office was coming up with a new project implementation system from Malaysia while there is Project Motshwarateu. Moepeng informed the committee that she was not aware of the project, but NSO Director General Uttum Corea said that he was aware of the project which has been dumped. He said the system was never used but failed to give reasons only saying that they have procured a new system. Asked why he did not brief the PS about the project, Corea said Moepeng’s predecessor was aware of it. The NSO boss said that the consultancy for the system cost government less than P100 000.

This is in contrary to what the then Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Mokgweetsi Masisi told Parliament in 2011 when answering a question from the MP for Palapye Moiseraela Goya. Masisi informed Parliament that the contract sum for the consultancy was P55 million. The system was being piloted at the Department of Water Affairs. Goya had asked the minister if CA Clarity system which was purchased to assist with project management was being put to its optimum use. He also wanted to know how much it cost government to procure the system and why was it purchased when the Government Accounting and Budgeting System (GABS) had the functionality to assist with project management. Currently NSO is using a project management system which was developed by Michael Porter which recommended cluster development. Corea informed PAC that currently the Ministry of Minerals is working on diamond beneficiation cluster but this did not impress committee member Bogolo Kenewendo who questioned why NSO is not giving strategic direction. Other clusters include the beef sector, tourism and financial services cluster.



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