Transport Ministry Bids Molefhi Farewell

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Former Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Nonofo Molefhi has been described as a man who has vision and left legacy at his former ministry as he was committed to serving the nation with humility.

Speaking at a farewell dinner hosted for Mr Molefhi in Gaborone recently, the new minister Mr Tshenolo Mabeo said though the ministry was complex with a broad mandate to fulfil, Mr Molefhi was able to prevail.

He told guests, who came from various departments and parastatals under the ministry, that since Mr Molefhi was working closely with his staff and other captains of the industry, he was able to succeed in many areas and therefore it would be easier for him to continue where he left off.

Minister Mabeo however said he would not shy away from asking assistance from Minister Molefhi, now at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology.

He further noted that under Minister Molefhi, the telecommunication infrastructure and road network system had drastically improved, something he said had made lives and movement of people easier.

Minister Mabeo also told the gathering that the recent Transport Pitso which he attended in Francistown had been an eye opener to him as he was able to appreciate issues raised by various stakeholders within the ministry and the workload that the outgoing minister was subjected to.

As a result, he asked his staff to accord him the support that they gave Mr Molefhi. He said through concerted efforts and dedication, they were destined to succeed.

Permanent secretary in the ministry, Ms Tsaone Thebe said she had worked with minister Molefhi while he was at the Ministry of Lands and Housing, where he triumphed because he was able to listen and apply his mind towards complex and demanding issues and thus came up with fair decisions.

Mr Molefhi, she said, was and is a leader who did not only focus on his official duties but also provided a shoulder to cry on regardless of positions in the workplace.

For his part, Minister Molefhi who shared his trials and jubilations said the ministry was challenged with the responsibility to service people in the entire country.

He however said there was need to invest where the country could economically gain by providing world glass infrastructure which can attract investors to Botswana.

Minister Molefhi, who was accompanied by his wife and children, said as Botswana particularly Gaborone needed to be a diamond city and its infrastructure outlook should depict such a status.

He however said he was looking forward to improving Botswana through the new minister who is a trained civil engineer. Meanwhile, he said the ministry of transport and communications was financially under resourced and at times they encountered challenges when they had to execute some major projects.

“The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning at times did not honour our request for additional funds,” he said.

Giving a vote of thanks, BOCRSA chairperson, Mr Masego Mpotokwane said many politicians and office bearers should have the qualities and humility of Minister Molefhi, whom he described as humble and open to everyone.

He said without hesitation that the country needed a person of Mr Molefhi’s attitude and commitment towards service delivery.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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