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Office of the President (OP)
Inside the Presidency-Issue No 12

This past week began with the Office receiving pleasant news of the achievements of local athletes at the 17th Confederation of Africa Athletics Championships, which had ended over the weekend in Nairobi. At the competition Botswana placed 7th in the overall medals count with two gold and one silver medal.

Amantle Montsho won the women’s 400m race, having little trouble defending the title she also won two years ago. Also successfully defending his previous title was Kabelo Kgosiemang, who took first place in the men’s high jump, while Botswana’s silver came in the men’s 4X400m relay. Batswana had also been serious contenders for additional medals

H.E. the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, was delighted to note the overall good performance of local athletes, which provides an encouraging precedent for future competitions, including ongoing preparations for the 2012 Olympics.

During the week His Excellency’s own diary was once more dominated by domestic engagements.

In addition to his chairing the bi-weekly meetings of Cabinet, the President also received quarterly briefings from the Ministries of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Education and Skills Development and Trade and Industry. 

On Monday the Office was pleased to announce the appointment by His Excellency of Mr. Leornard Bapswa Sechele as the new Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Sechele, who takes over from Ms. Leatile Dambe, who was recently appointed a Judge of the High Court, is a former Chief Magistrate. He holds a Master of Laws Degree in Procedural Law and has worked in the Botswana Legal System for more than two decades.

On Tuesday afternoon, His Excellency received a courtesy call from the Nigerian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Alhaji Aliyu Idi Hong. The two discussed ways of further strengthening bilateral relations, while reiterating their common commitment to African Union principles. 

The Nigerian Foreign Minister had come to Botswana as the head of his country’s the delegation that took part in this week’s meeting of the Botswana-Nigeria Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation. The Commission was convened to enhance the bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, arts and culture, and tourism, as well as promote bilateral trade and investment. The two countries are also committed to cooperating in tackling transnational crime such as drug and human trafficking.

Nigeria has had a resident High Commission in Gaborone since 1968, while Botswana opened its own High Commission in Abuja in 2007.

This morning, His Excellency will attend and present medals to members of the Police Service at the Special Support Group Camp in recognition of their distinguished, meritorious and long service. The ceremony is a precursor to tomorrow morning’s annual Police Day celebrations at the Molepolole Sports Complex, which the President will attend.

Still in Molepolole, His Excellency will also be the guest of honour tomorrow afternoon at the handing over of a clinic in the Boswelakoko ward to the Ministry of Health. The clinic has been generously donated by the Abdul Satar Dada Foundation. The Foundation also recently donated a clinic for residents of Bontleng in Gaborone.

Also during the week H.H. the Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, had the pleasure of commending Tamocha Memorial School in Mahalapye for consistently registering the best pass rate in the Primary School Leaving Examinations within its Inspectoral Area.

Speaking during the awarding of a floating trophy for the achievement, His Honour encouraged parents and teachers to accept responsibility for developing their children to become productive citizens, adding that what a child would become was often determined by the societal influences.

His Honour also advised the audience on various Government initiatives, such as the introduction of the ICT syllabus and subject specialization at primary schools, which have been conceived to ensure that today’s children become tomorrow’s innovative participants in the emerging knowledge-based economy.

During the ceremony, His Honour, in keeping with his custom on such occasions, also personally donated a computer to school.

The week also saw the Assistant Minister in the Office of the President, the Hon. Mokgweetsi Masisi, continued his nationwide consultations focusing on Government’s commitment to eradicate poverty. At a kgotla meeting in Mahalapye he stressed that for the anti-poverty initiative to succeed Batswana from all walks of life would need to work together and assume responsibility in the spirit of self-help.

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