Rot exposed at SADC secretariat

While the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is trying to detach itself from donor dependence by looking at alternatives ways of sustaining its operations and programmes, it has emerged that SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax wants to sink with the regional body.

SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena L.Tax

SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena L.Tax

Last week outgoing Council of Ministers Chairperson Simbarashe Mumbengegwi berated SADC’s over reliance on donors saying time is nigh for the 35 year old organisation to wean itself.

“Recent events have shown that cooperating partners are beset with their own challenges, their ability to fund programmes elsewhere is decreasing. We therefore cannot continue to postpone indefinitely the debate on alternative sources of funding for the organisation, neither can we afford to continue procrastinating…”he challenged.

Paradoxically, the Council of Ministers on Saturday 16th August approved the final 2014/15 budget of the SADC Secretariat by slashing it to US$77.878 million from US$88.297 million.

A stinging report based on audit findings by the flagship Botswana Guardian Newspaper dated 14th August 2015, has exposed how Dr Tax has abused her position through maladministration, nepotism and insubordination among other vices.

The Council of Ministers appointed external auditors Ernst and Young to conduct the forensic report, the paper said.

For instance, she defied the Council of Ministers request not to employ her special advisor because it was argued that she had deputy executive secretaries and several directors that would serve her in the same capacity.

“Dr Tax… defied the directive by entering into negotiations with some cooperating to fund the position of her special advisor. She employed her countryman Yohanne Masara,”the paper said.

The other scandal happening under her watch is abuse of the educational scheme, where several senior staff allegedly forges birth certificates of nonexistence children in order to qualify for educational allowances.

In December 2014, Dr Tax is alleged to have shocked SADC Secretariat staff by cancelling a Christmas party on the grounds that many staff had already gone for Christmas holidays. But she later held the party at her residence.

She and other senior staff are also accused of going on frequent external trips in order to claim subsistence allowances.

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Need to evaluate what the SADC Secretariat have achieved over the many years that have gone. What is the mandate of this Secretariat? What strategic objectives were laid out at its inception? To what extent have these objectives been achieved? If its existence is still justified, what capacity does it have to generate its own income? To what extent have the financial resources of the Secretariat been efficiently used? Answers to these questions could clear the air.




Gas Machine Head

Where is this Dr. Tax from? So this disease of corruption is all allover the place huh. not only Mulli Brothers huh!

Presidential Advisor
…that is the curse that is Africa. People in these vanguard organisations like NEPAD, SADC, AU are working for nothing but allowances, no vision, no interest. If you take a quick look at AU, you will notice that as soon as Ma Zuma took over it has been South Africans getting jobs at AU, well, to share the shame lets say SADC. And a closer look at NEPAD the Benin CEO has recently been employing people from home (west Africa) including nephews, well to share the shame, lets say, the francophones. And one wonders how we are going to achieve… Read more »

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Trevor Manyi

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Tamanda Sauka

As some one who has some knowledge of human resource management, I boldly say what happened here is really rot. It is very very bad. Apa development zikufunika tiyiwale ndithu mu SADC muno ngati khalidwe lake liri lineneli.

peter muthanyula

Palibe nkhani apa. The story only shows how low some people can stoop in order to damage other people’s CV. Petty jealousies.

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