Former Botswana President taken to task over abattoir ownership
Former Botswana President Ketumile Masire is expected to appear before the parliamentary special committee to explain the ownership of the besieged Botswana Meat Commission (BMC).
The committee is investigating maladministration which almost led to the insolvency of the national abattoir recently and the general decline of the beef industry in the country.
The investigations entered the third week and Sir Ketumile, who was part of the first parliament which formed BMC, is to explain whether government owns it or not.
This comes after last week’s revelations by a former BMC board member, Mr Philip Fischer, that government only directs the abattoir on matters of public interest and cannot claim profits from it.
“As a statutory corporation without share capital, the BMC has no shareholders, but is subject to the will of parliament in terms of amendments to the BMC act.
The BMC therefore is neither owned by government nor by producers, but nationally owns itself,” Mr Fischer contented.
He further said proceeds acquired by BMC rightfully belonged to the farmers and could not be used as profits by either government or the company.
Sir Ketumile will be expected to clear the air when he meets the committee.
He was the second president of Botswana from 1980 to 1998.
He was succeeded by his vice president Festus Mogae.