BMC Spends P5.2 Million On Legal Fees

| April 14, 2015

Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) has spent P5.2 million on legal fees over the past five years.

Acting Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao, explained in Parliament that the monies were used for payment of law firms engaged by the commission in the period between 2010 and 2014.

He said the law firms engaged were Collins Newman amp Co, Nnoi amp Chilume Attorneys, Olatotse Attorneys, S. Thapelo Attorneys, Chilume Attorneys, and Bookbinder Business Law.

“The criteria used in selecting the above mentioned law firms varied depending on various factors such as the amount of money involved in the matter to be considered, recommendation by another party involved in the matter with BMC, previous experience with a particular law firm, fees charged by law firms for particular services, and the place where the matter is based,”

Mr Molao said.He said BMC also puts out tenders when it require the services of a law firm, and the adjudication of the tender and ultimate appointment is taken through the relevant structures of the Commission until a final decision is made.

Ghanzi MP, Mr Noah Salakae had asked the assistant minister to give names of law firms engaged by BMC for various legal assignments in the past five years, costs incurred and criteria used.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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