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Inside the Presidency-Issue No 13
24/08/10

His Excellency the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama participated in a full day of public events on Saturday, beginning with the morning’s well attended celebrations of the 126 Anniversary of the Botswana Police Service at the Molepolole Sports Complex. There he joined other spectators in appreciating a rich variety of entertainment and athletics displays by local community groups, as well as members of the Police Service.

As part of the celebrations, on the previous day His Excellency had also adorned 232 officers with various categories of medals for distinguished, meritorious and long service, as well as good conduct.

On Saturday afternoon the President received, on behalf of Government, a new community health clinic to serve the residents of Molepolole’s Boswelakoko ward, which was donated by the A.S. Dada Foundation.

Noting that the Clinic was the third such health facility to be built and handed over by the Foundation, the President commended donation, constructed at a cost of some 2 million pula, as an example of a successful citizen entrepreneurs giving back to the community.

He further noted that the gesture comes at a time when Government has had to make difficult choices in prioritizing expenditure due to the global economic recession; resulting in many projects including clinics, being deferred until resources are available. As such the generosity of the A.S. Dada Foundation was especially timely.

Welcoming the Foundation’s pledge to build a half dozen houses for the destitute, as well as an additional clinic, the President took the opportunity to also appeal to able Batswana as individuals, groups and as companies, to contribute further towards construction of houses for the needy. In this respect he announced that he would be launching an initiative to encourage additional private sector participation in providing such shelter.

An immediate example of such social responsibility was demonstrated by the construction company Caitec Botswana, which later in the afternoon provided a family with a fully furnished three bedroom house, also in Molepolole, with His Excellency presenting the keys to the grateful recipients. 

On Monday His Excellency’s morning was occupied with a briefing on the upcoming SADC Jubilee Summit and a quarterly progress of the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

The President also met with Shoshong MP Phillip Makgalemele, who informed him of his return to the ranks of the ruling party, reversing the MP’s earlier decision to cross the floor.

In the afternoon His Excellency welcomed Zambian President, H.E. Rupiah Banda, who had arrived for a two day State Visit. In the evening the two leaders met and dined together at State House.

The next day they travelled to the Central District where they were joined by other dignitaries, including H.H. the Vice President, for the opening of the new Serowe Institute of Health Services.

In his remarks as the event’s Guest of Honour, President Banda was effusive in his praise of Botswana’s record of providing infrastructure for the development of its citizens. The Zambian President later laid a wreath on the grave of the late first President, Sir Seretse Khama, who is remembered for his regional leadership.

Besides Cabinet, Wednesday’s schedule was notable for the evening broadcast of an extended interview with His Excellency on BTV and Radio Botswana, which covered a wide range of domestic and regional issues.

On Thursday the President addressed a series of Kgotla meetings with residents of Kotolaname, Kubung, Gakgatla and Mmankgodi, all in the Kweneng South Constituency.

Today His Excellency is expected to be briefed by H.H. the Vice President on such issues as Government’s ongoing commitment to eradicate poverty and diversify the economy. Thereafter he will host a reception for resident and non-resident diplomats accredited to Botswana, during which he will make a statement on Botswana’s domestic and global status.

The President is also scheduled to chair a meeting of the BDP Central Committee in preparation for this weekend’s party retreat.

Also during the week the Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr. Eric Molale, issued a press statement firmly dismissing a newspaper report that the Attorney General might be soon replaced. Among other things, the statement expressed concern that the publication failed to verify its report before spreading misinformation about such a high constitutional, which by its own admission was based on nothing more than an alleged rumour.

During the week the Office further dismissed another newspaper’s innuendo that advanced payment had been made to a motor company for an unspecified number of vehicles. It was noted that, in fact, the payment was only made after the specified delivery of 105 Land Rovers for the BDF. 

 

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