The Office of the President wishes to inform members of the Public that His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, the President of the Republic of Botswana, was not aware of the recent decision concerning the withdrawal of some support staff from the office and residence of the Former President Lt. General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama. In this regard, His Excellency the President, has apologised to the Former President for the misunderstanding.
The Office of the President would like to inform that, whilst such a decision to withdraw additional support staff from the Former President was taken, the decision has since been rescinded whilst consultations with the Former President Lt. General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama are going on.
The Office of the President would like to assure members of the Public that His Excellency the President fully supports the entitlements of Former Presidents in accordance with the provisions of the Presidents (Pensions and Retirement Benefits) Act[CAP.02:03]. The Former President, amongst other benefits, is entitled to a Private Secretary, a Secretary, an Office Attendant, two Drivers, two Maids and a Gardener, all who were deployed to his Office and Residence since 1st April 2018.
The Officers who were withdrawn recently from the Office of the Former President include a Chief Catering Officer, a Senior Catering Officer, a Technical Assistant, a Senior Administration Officer and a Laundry Attendant who are additional support staff members who were requested by the Former President on a temporary basis during the transition period