Renowned Pan Africanist and globally celebrated legal mind Professor PLO Lumumba has called on young people to invest rigorously on their personal development and continued improvement of their skills.
Professor Lumumba was speaking at a coaching and mentoring graduation session of over 45 young people hosted by Tshiamo Gotlhe Mogapi Foundation (TGM) in Gaborone on Monday. The TGM coaching and mentoring program is a six months training facilitated by personal development coach, transformational business leader and Human Resource Management expert Matlhogonolo Mponang. The former Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) Deputy Chief Executive Officer is currently Head of Human Resource at De Beers Group.
When speaking to the mentees who during the six month period received training on C.V writing, job interview skills, career and personal development as well as introduction to project management Professor Lumumba said learning and personal development is a process that runs throughout the entire life of any individual who has a purpose and goals to achieve in life.
Lumumba encouraged young people to use whatever resource at their disposal to invest in seeking information that builds and feeds their minds and inner being with positive energy “Social media is a platform that can be used to good effect, but we see today that it can also come with detrimental effects in one’s mind, because there are those who focus on finding fault in others, if you surround yourself with that kind of negative energy, that will kill your dreams and aspirations” he said
PLO says mentorship is key supporting and encouraging people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be. “Mentorship is a powerful development tool that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals, now when you reach the mountain please let it not be for you but for others, elevate other people” he said
TGM Founder Matlhogonolo Mponang explained that the program was set up with the aim of contributing meaningfully to Botswana’s ambitions by building capacity amongst young people in the areas of career development, interpersonal skills and entrepreneurship. “Our believe and commitment to social development work is bolstered by the positive impact this program has on our young people” she said. Mponang explained that the graduation session marked the end of second cohort program which commenced in January this year.
“We tap into the talent of willing young people and link them to experts and captains of industries, professionals and leading executives for networking, coaching and bespoke mentorship that is the building block of our work, collaborative effort and collective dream to bettering Botswana by empowering its young people”
Speaking on behalf of the mentees one of the graduates Tshidiso Marape said the six month coaching and mentoring program has impacted his live positively, boosted his confidence, esteem and cultivated his worth “From the onset it was clear TGM Coaching & Mentoring Program was different, it was well tailored to our needs and addressed the daily issues that we face in our journey, in studies, career, entrepreneurship, and our personal lives as young people”
Representing Tshiamo Gotlhe Mogapi Foundation legal partners Tebogo Tladi of Ramalepa Attorneys said Professor Lumumba’s presence at the graduation session should inspire the mentees as they are privileged to have rubbed shoulders with one of Africa’s greatest son of the soil. “Professor Lumumba is not only one of the best lawyers in the continent but also one of the best in the world, his understanding on African developmental issues is unparalleled” he said.
The Tshiamo Gotlhe Mogapi coaching and mentoring has during the course of the program featured National Development Bank Chief Executive Officer Lorato Morapedi, Botswana Stock Exchange Chief Executive Officer Thapelo Tsheole, and Debswana Head of Human Resources Lebole Mpho Mokoto, Barclays Botswana Chief Economist Naledi Madala, Progressive Institute CEO Mmoloki Mmolotsi amongst other local top business leaders.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.