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Masisi to reshuffle cabinet

SHARE   |   Thursday, 23 August 2018   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Olopeng, Kenewendo and Mokaila Olopeng, Kenewendo and Mokaila

cracks the whip on dissident MPs, candidates

Khama to be relegated to junior ministry

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to address infighting, instability in BDP

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Growing instability within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has forced President Mokgweetsi Masisi to take a bold step and crack whip, reshuffling cabinet in the process to address poor performance.

Highly placed sources within the party and at the Office of the President (OP) have revealed that President Masisi is unhappy with the conduct and performance of some cabinet ministers and will soon redeploy them. One of the targeted ministers is alleged to be Minister of Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources and Tourism Tshekedi Khama the younger brother to former president Ian Khama. Asked if he is aware that he is one the cabinet ministers who might be reshuffled, the outspoken Member of Parliament for Serowe North was non-committal. “There are lots of rumuors about a lot of members. A lot of stories rra,” he said.

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Minister Khama is likely to be moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development with Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi being dropped from cabinet. Moitoi who recently has not enjoyed good health could be given a break by reducing the demanding workload of a full minister.

The reshuffle

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Ministry Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources and Tourism

Kitso Mokaila commonly called ‘Mr Fix it’ is expected to take over from Tshekedi Khama to help clear the mess at the ministry, particularly at Botswana Tourism Organization (BTO).

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Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture

The youthful Minister of Trade Bogolo Kenewendo who is said not to be talking terms with her Permanent Secretary Peggy Serame is expected to replace Thapelo Olopeng at MYSC. The new Member of Parliament for Moshupa/Manyana Karabo Gare is expected to be appointed as her assistant.

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Ministry of Transport and Communications

Olopeng who has never been to any another ministry except that of Youth, Sports and Culture will have to acclimatize to the new ministry, sources have revealed.

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Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry

Dorcus Makgato is expected to go back to the ministry she once headed as it has been proved to have been doing sterling job whilst at the ministry. Moiseraela Goya is expected to continue as her assistant.

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Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs

Ngaka Ngaka is expected to take over from Makgato at the ministry.

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Ministry of Tertiary Education

Fidelis Molao might take over from Ngaka Ngaka who is alleged not to be coping with the demands of the ministry. During President Masisi’s maiden press briefing, Ngaka fumbled to with some questions forcing the president to cover for him. Molao is likely to be assisted by Member of Parliament for Boteti East Sethomo Lelatisitswe who will be rewarded for exposing the under hand tactics of Mabaila.

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Other ministries are expected to remain the same.

Mabaila saga

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Meanwhile continued interference by former President Ian Khama in the party and government operations seems to be taking its toll on the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) leadership. Such instability is said to have forced President Mokgweetsi Masisi to take a bold decision to crack the whip against internal strife and revamp both the party and government ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

Masisi had already shot the first warning by suspending parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane Tshepang Mabaila for influencing BDP MPs to vote with the opposition on the motion of no confidence against the President. “We don’t see him survive the disciplinary hearing and immediately after the suspension Masisi is going to expel him from the party,” revealed a member of the central Committee who preferred not to be named.

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Not only was Mabaila alleged to have influenced BDP MPs he is allegedly to have promised some of them resources for their campaign, revealed a BDP MP. It is suspected that Mabaila was just a hired gun shooting on behalf of some high ranking party members as the internal fights within the ruling party intensifies. “The guy promised MPs that he will fund their primary election campaigns and that former president will endorse their candidacy,” it was revealed.

Mabaila did not respond to Whatssup messages sent to him although it was clear that he had seen them. The Patriot on Sunday wanted to establish from him if it is true he promised to fund the campaigns for those MPS who would have supported the motion of No Confidence and whether it is true he was acting on behalf of the former president.

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Masisi is said to be livid on what Mabaila and some of the MPs and parliamentary candidates who participated at the secret Palapye meeting planned to do through the motion of no confidence.    



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