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Botswana: Ministry Weathers Covid-19 Pandemic

Gaborone — Despite challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration has managed to pull through and execute its duties diligently.

This was said by the minister, Mr Kabo Morwaeng when briefing the media on the ministry’s 2021/2022 budget recently.

Minister Morwaeng said the ministry had been allocated around P1.5 billion and P622 million as recurrent and development budget respectively.

The minister said some positives had been realised despite the low diamond sales and suspension of tourism activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He pointed out that ministry ensured that Parliament proceedings never stopped and in the process more than 14 motions had been passed while activities were broadcast live.

Numerous workshops and meetings were held virtually across the country, making sure daily business continued as usual, he said.

Mr Morwaeng said some departments under his ministry such as Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) went a step further by opening a new office in Tutume.

He revealed that IEC received over P66 million for recurrent expenditure and P10 million for development.

Minister disclosed that IEC had embarked on a study to establish causes of voter apathy and low representation of women in elections.

He said although the ministry’s budget was insufficient, the plan was to ensure that public expectations were met by taking services to the people.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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