Botswana Presidential task Force Team members test positive for COVID-19

Botswana’s Presidential Task Force Team’s office has registered 8 positive cases of the virus, among them the Coordinator Dr Kereng Masupu and the team’s Scientific Advisor Dr Mogomotsi Matshaba.

Others who have tested positive are support staff members at the office, which recorded the first case reported on August 7.

In a statement on Saturday, Acting Coordinator of the Task Force Team Professor Mosepele Mosepele, who has tested negative, said 46 tests had been conducted, of which 8 were positive, 28 negative while other tests are being processed. The Director of Public Health, Dr Malaki Tshipiyagae is among those who have tested positive, and follow up tests for those who tested negative will be conducted.

The statement by Mosepele came shortly after the Presidency had released a statement to the effect that he (Mosepele) had rescinded his resignation as deputy Coordinator of the Task Force Team after meeting President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Mosepele had on Friday tendered his resignation under unclear circumstances. President Masisi did not accept the resignation, and met Mosepele on Saturday, where the latter rescinded his decision, and was immediately appointed Acting Coordinator following Masupu’s Covid 19 results.

The details surrounding the resignation of Mosepele on Friday have remained a guarded secret, but indications are that the move stems from a long-held suspicion that relations between the task force team and senior officials at government were not so cordial. The soured relations have, allegedly led to frustrations on the Task Force team who at time felt sabotaged by some at government enclave.

Some sources have indicated that it is only President Masisi who can resolve this bickering, otherwise the core mandate of the Task Force Team will be distracted.

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