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The Ombudsman Mr. Ofentse Moatlhodi Lepodise has passed away

The Office of the Ombudsman wishes to inform the public about the untimely death of the Ombudsman Mr. Ofentse Moatlhodi Lepodise who passed away today 18th October 2011 at Bokamoso Private Hospital. Mr. Ofentse Moatlhodi Lepodise, a lawyer by profession was appointed the second Ombudsman for the Republic of Botswana on the 1st of August 2006. Having joined the Office after its inception, he is regarded as one of the pioneers of the Ombudsman institution in Botswana. At the time of his untimely death, Mr. Lepodise was serving his second four-year term of office.

Born on the 21st Of September 1959, the late Mr. Lepodise had a resounding passion and drive to see the office of the Ombudsman achieve its continued success and contribution to the maintenance of Administrative Justice, an ethic driven Public Administration and therefore Good Governance.

Mr. Lepodise’s career span extended beyond twenty-years in the Public Service. He joined the Office of the Ombudsman on the 1st of September 1998 as a Chief Administrator, was later promoted to the post of Chief Legal Investigator, then Director Management & Legal Services (Executive Director) before being appointed to the highest position of the Ombudsman on the 1st August 2006.

Previously Mr. Lepodise served as a Magistrate, rising through the ranks from Magistrate I to rank Chief Magistrate. He started his career as a State Counsel at the Attorney General Chambers in 1984.

Mr. Lepodise leaves behind, his wife, three children (two boys and a girl). Funeral arrangements are not yet known.


For more information please contact: Fenny E. Letshwiti The Office of Ombudsman Public Relations, TEL: 395 3322., eletshwiti@gov.bw

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