President Ian Khama fires mass media complex boss
Deputy Permanent secretary responsible for media in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration (MOPAPA), Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo has been fired.
Two weeks ago, opposition coalition, Botswana Movement for Democracy (UDC) reported BTV to the office of the Ombudsman for editorial bias and called for an investigation of the national TV station.
The party had complained that the station was being used for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party propaganda at the expense of other political parties; an act, which they argued, was abuse of public facility.
On Tuesday, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President, Botshelo Mathuba issued the unsuspecting Mass Media complex boss with a dismissal letter, sources at the Office of the President have revealed.
Mathuba was allegedly acting on Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Carter Morupisi’s instructions.
Morupisi however in turn took his orders to give the discredited former Director of Broadcasting Services his marching orders from the president, Dr Ian Khama who was allegedly advised by a concerned section of the ruling party that the man had now become a liability, The Voice has learnt.
“ When given the letter the puzzled Mass Media Complex boss said, ‘Ke a bo ke sentseng yannong, ke ne ke lwela BDP mo go kana?” (What could I have possibly done wrong when all I did was to fight for BDP so much), an inside source has claimed.
The fight for BDP that Kaboeamodimo alluded to was apparently in reference to his overt and overzealous efforts to use the Botswana Television (BTV) for the ruling party’s propaganda and campaign for elections in 2015 and subsequent bye-elections.
His approach was however criticized by some within the BDP who argued that it was over the top and therefore creating animosity among voters towards BDP and sympathy for opposition parties.
He was also accused of favouring one faction of the BDP over another in his coverage.
Since he resumed office, Kaboeamodimo has been in the news a few times for the wrong reasons.
He once stirred controversy by reading a statement on why Khama had suspended the former BDP secretary general, the late Gomolemo Motswaledi from the party both on BTV and Radio.
“He thought he was a king maker. He lost direction and got embroiled in BDP factional politics, and that cost him his job,” said the inside source about the man who was once allegedly suspended by the then MOPAPA Minister who is the current Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi for engaging in love affairs with juniors at BTV.
When contacted for a comment Morupisi said, “ What I can confirm is that Kaboeamodimo’s contract is coming to an end in April but it would be unethical to discuss employees’ matters with the media.”
Kaboeamodimo could not deny or confirm that he was booted out.