President Entitled to Official Transport – Makgalemele

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The President is entitled to use official transport (road, rail, air) for both private and official business at all times.

Answering a parliamentary question on Friday, November 21, Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Phillip Makgalemele explained that the mode of transport chosen for presidential trips was dependent on security requirements at the time.

Mr Makgalemele also explained that costs incurred by the President for both official and private business were not separated because in most cases they were combined.

He told Parliament that from April this year to date, over P490 000 was spent on the President’s transport and fuel.

Government, he added, was duty bound to protect, transport and ensure that the President’s engagements were taken care of using public resources, including those of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF).

Mr Makgalemele also told Parliament that Presidential walkabouts were official hence they were arranged by the Office of the President in consultation and liaison with all affected stakeholders, taking into account security and protocol issues.

Francistown South MP, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi had asked the minister to state how much money was used from the government coffers by the President and his entourage while campaigning for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Mr Mmolotsi also wanted the minister to state the amount spent on fuel for the aircrafts and vehicles and whether it was proper for the military aircraft to be used for partisan politics.

Further, he wanted to know whether presidential walkabouts were official or political.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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