Botswana Railways CEO Dominic Ntwaagae Axed After Train Derailment

Botswana Railways (BR) chief executive officer, Dominic Ntwaagae has been relieved of his post by the minister of transport and communications, Kitso Mokaila, following a train derailment that occurred on 22 February.

As reported by Railways AfricaTM, a freight train coming from Mafikeng in South Africa derailed between Lobatse and Gaborone as a result of severe flooding in the wake of tropical cyclone Dineo, which affected large parts of South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana in mid-February.

According to reports, Mokaila issued an instruction to Ntwaagae and the BR board to ground all trains during the storms that caused extensive damage to transport infrastructure in the country. The instruction was apparently ignored, resulting in the affected train coming off the rails after a bridge between Lobatse and Gaborone collapsed.

According to local media in Botswana, the position of CEO has been awarded to Stephen Makuke, who held the position of director of business development at BR. He will be joined by a new board, chaired by Christopher Mokgware, and will include Elijah Motshedi, Barulaganye Gakelebotse, Hilda Mocuminyane and Isaac Moepeng. The Botswanan Cabinet has approved the board with immediate effect.

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Source: Railways Africa

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