Monday, July 5, 2010

No changes in Cabinet currently contemplated

source: Republic of Botswana (20/6/10) TAUTONA TIMES no 8 of 2010
The Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
"Democracy, Development, Dignity, Discipline and Delivery"

C1) 17/6/10: No changes in Cabinet currently contemplated

This Office has noted that recently there has been a number of reports circulated through the private media suggesting that H.E. the President is contemplating either the reshuffling of Cabinet and/or the replacement of H.H. the Vice President.

While as a general practice this Office would wish to avoid commenting on such speculation, more especially when its authors have not made no known effort to confirm their conjectures, in light of the number of reports which have nonetheless appeared we wish to take this opportunity to observe that:

1) While it remains the constitutional prerogative of H.E. the President to make changes in his Cabinet whenever it is deemed appropriate, he currently has no intent of doing so; and

2) There is likewise no intent on the part of His Excellency to revoke the appointment of H.H. the Vice President, an appointment which, it may be noted, was overwhelmingly endorsed by Parliament only nine months ago.
C2) 16/6/10: All Media Welcome at GCC-Cabinet Consultation opening; OP Denies ever issuing instruction to bar media from next week's event

In reaction to 1300 p.m. news item of broadcast on a local radio station today the Deputy Senior Private Secretary to the President & Press Liaison Officer to H.E. the President, Mr. Sipho Madisa, has strongly denied that the Office of the President had ever issued instructions for the private press to be barred from covering the upcoming meeting that will involve Cabinet and Gaborone City Council Councillors, scheduled for 24 June 2010. In a communication to the radio station, Mr. Madisa observed that:

1. No such instruction has been issued to the Gaborone City Council from the Office of the President to the said effect; and

2. In actual fact, both members of the private press as well as public press are hereby invited and encouraged to attend the opening of the meeting which will include opening remarks as well as photo opportunities.

The meeting is expected to start promptly at 0900hrs at the Gaborone City Council Civic Hall.

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