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Khama trails in African leadership award

Former president Lt. Gen. Ian Khama is currently running behind in race to scope the African leadership award. Khama has been selected for the 2018 African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year.

The award is a vote-based awards program, reserved for African business, political and diplomatic leaders, who are considered to have blazed the trail in different categories in the year under review. The awards enjoy one of the most participatory processes, as Africans get to decide who takes the coveted crown in different categories.  For the award, Khama is trailing on the second spot at 2.45 percent of the votes against Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia with a whopping 96.70 percent.

In the same category, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, the Secretary General of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Nigeria is sitting at a paltry 0.85 percent. In terms of the ALM Young Person of the Year 2018, another category, a Botswana’s 31 year old trail blazer and new Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo is leading the votes at a whopping 71.62 percent.

Kenewendo is followed by Sibeth Ndiaye, Press Secretary to the President of France with 5.17 percemt while the head of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) in Nigeria Samson Itodo is at 6.50 percent. At last, Iyinoluwa Samuel Aboyeji, Co-founder of Andela at Nigeria only amassed 4.51 percent. For the prestigious ALM Person of the Year 2018 under Political Leadership, the well celebrated President of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli is leading the polls by a mammoth 63.61 percent.

Magufuli is then followed by Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana at 18.46 percent, while Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria is at 9.49 percent. The newly selected President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa is sitting behind at 8.44 percent of the vote.

With regard to the category of the African Female Leader of the Year 2018, Amina J Mohammed who is the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) from Nigeria is on top with 77.20 percent while the wife to the late South African anti-apartheid stalwart Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel is at 9.45 percent.

The first African Female Anglican Bishop in Swaziland Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya comes second with 4.94 percent while Grace Maria Sanchez, President, Network of Women Parliamentarians, Cape Verde is at 4.70 percent and 3.72 percent for Bridget Radebe, Mmaku Mining from South Africa.The Publisher of the prestigious magazine, Dr. Ken Giami, who unveiled the nominees at the group’s corporate head office in the United Kingdom, observed that the nominations for the 2018 edition of the Persons of the Year, attracted submissions from East, West, South, North and Southern Africa.

The publisher also stated that “all the nominees have risen above the obvious challenges that their milieus have thrown at them to achieve greatness in their own unique ways but in different roles.” The shortlist was preceded by a call for the nomination which attracted over 250 entries, from within and outside the continent. The eventual winners would be decided via a voting process. Meanwhile voting for all the categories closes on the 10th December 2018, at midnight Central African Time.

The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom (Company No. 07435198). The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.

Since its maiden edition, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 1, 000, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers, and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe, and the US.

It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. The magazine has over 850,000 subscribers/Followers on Facebook and a virile readership on other social media platforms. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate a lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporate bodies that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.

The publication believe in building sustainable leadership in Africa through the exchange of ideas in tandem with global best practices. The magazine shall continually seek to herald the dawn of a new Africa as the continent of promise and global leadership, championed by people of integrity and resilience who are rising from the challenges of an unpleasant past; thereby preserving a legacy for future generations of our people.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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