Minister of Finance and Development Planning Kenneth Matambo has broken his silence o the need to have an assistant and revealed that the man he really wanted is Member of Parliament for Gaborone Bonnington South Ndaba Gaolatlhe.
Responding to the debates by MPs over the supplementary estimates of the expenditure from the consolidated fund and development fund, Minister Matambo said that he marveled at the way Gaolatlhe articulated his points.
He said that listening to Gaolatlhe made him realise that he might be looking at his assistant as it was clear that the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Vice President is an authority on finance issues.
“It is a pity that you are on the other side of the aisle. If it was not the case I could have asked the president to appoint you my deputy,” said Matambo.
During the debate, the Gaborone Bonnington South MP said as the Finance and Estimate committee members they have failed the nation when deciding on the supplementary budget estimates from different ministries.
“In all honesty, we have fallen far short of planting the kind of seeds that can catapult this country to a great nation,” he said during the debate.
He said that as a committee they should have built a system and conceive a method and be able to evaluate each request on the basis of a system.
Gaolathe noted that anywhere in the world where you have a fund of P2 billion and you have to allocate it, you cannot do it in a week saying that it is unheard of and said it is a travesty.
It was this reasoning that Matambo said that it made him wonder why President Ian Khama cannot appoint him his assistant.
Gaolathe, a strategy and financial structural work specialist, is the son of the former Minister of Finance, the late Baledzi Gaolathe and is a graduate of the Ivy league, Wharton School in the United States. He is also a George Washington University alumni where where he obtained two Bachelor’s degrees, one in mathematics and the other in economics.
He was one of BDP young Turks who broke away from the party and form Botswana Movement for Democracy with the former assistant Minister of Finance Samson Guma, Botsalo Ntuane and the late Gomolemo Motswaledi.
He is also know as one of the speech writers for the former President Festus Mogae during his presidency.
He is also credited with drafting the UDC manifesto and policies that helped them to perform exceptional well in the 2014 General elections.
President Khama is expected to make a cabinet reshuffle after it was announced that Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi will leave his ministerial position at Education and Skills Development.
And if wishes were horses, Mathambo would love President Khama to appoint Gaolathe as his assistant.
In an interview recently UDC President Duma Boko said that they will not accept any cabinet post as they want to allow BDP to govern and implement their policies.