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Botswana: Masisi under fire for internal business deals

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Political Scientist, Dr Boga Manatsha, has advised that President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s continued active involvement in business transactions has the potential to bring his presidency and legacy to shame.

“Although it may not be legally wrong for him to get into business deals, morally it might be wrong because as Head of State competing with ordinary people for tenders might compromise the evaluation of the tender. Obviously he enjoys unfair advantage over ordinary citizens,” he observed.

Dr Manatsha pointed out that though previous Presidents were involved in businesses one way or the other, the difference with Masisi’s presidency is that the ordinary citizen is now more politically open-minded, thus questioning his intentions.

“The opposition if they package their message well they might use his involvement in business, especially partnerships with some business people, as a campaign tool against him in 2024,” he said.

Some sources claim that, Masisi is engaged in commercial livestock production and horticulture in Matseta near Gaborone. He is also alleged to have a feedlot in Moshupa and farms at Tshele where he is involved in commercial livestock production.

However, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane said there is nothing wrong with Masisi being involved in businesses as he also intends to feed his family.

Masisi involvement in personal business transactions took to the center stage in a debate on the extension of the State of Public Emergency on Monday, with the opposition members of Parliament questioning the decency or lawfulness of such deals.

During the debate on SoPE, Leader of the Opposition Dumelang Saleshando challenged President Masisi for competing with ordinary Batswana in acquisition of the Banyana farms.

“It might be legally right but it is morally wrong for you to compete with Batswana for the acquisition of Banyana farms and in actual fact it is corruption,” hit out Saleshando.

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