Rakhuna — Government has approved the alignment of Botswana Defence force (BDF) pay structure with that of the public service.
Addressing Rakhuna Base Camp BDF members on March 12, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said the changes entailed setting the entry level for soldiers at the rank of private at B1 instead of B3 salary scale with effect from April 1.
Dr Masisi said the new structure was a transition from the structure where only 15 professions in the BDF were aligned to the public service pay structure.
Furthermore, he said the establishment of a separate pension scheme for the BDF had been circulated to other ministries.
In addition, he the MInistry of Defence and Security was under instruction to speed up the establishment of a veterans affairs office to take care of the needs of retired officers.
Regarding the Rakhuna camp, the President said he was aware of the refurbishment of the buildings which accommodated a battalion of 810, which had relocated from Thebephatshwa Air Base.
He said he learnt about water shortage and lack of accommodation at the camp during his recent tour of facilities. Dr Masisi said some would be accommodated in the houses being built by June this year.
On another matter, President Masisi commended the soldiers who had just returned from an anti-poaching operation for defending Botswana's territorial integrity.
He noted that they had all returned safe from the operation which saw two poachers killed in the Selinda area in the Ngamiland Sub-district.
He reminded the soldiers of their responsibilities, saying if they failed to perform their duties, the country would lose its dignity.
President Masisi also toured the BDF dairy farm in Pitsane.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>