The President of Botswana Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi has fired two senior officials in the Ministry of Health for mishandling the coronavirus (Covid-19) preparedness and response. President Masisi has fired with immediate effect the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Solomon M Sekwakwa as well as the Deputy Permanent Secretary Dr Morrison Sinvula.
Below is the press release released on Wednesday morning from the Office of the President for the Republic of Botswana,
Botswana becomes the second African country to fire senior government officials for poor handling of the country’s coronavirus preparedness and response. Just a few weeks, Rwandan President, Paul Kagame fired his Health Minister for the same reason.
President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi was recently placed in coronavirus self-isolation for 14 days after traveling to Namibia for President Hage Geingob’s inauguration in March. Also present at the same event were Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Angolan President Joao Lourenco who both defied their own bans on international travel. Zambia and South Africa, on the other hand, sent foreign ministers to attend the Namibia inauguration.