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10 years on: Limkokwing University reflects

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Vice President for Brand, Creativity and Talent Development, Dato Tiffanee Marie Lim who is the daughter to the university founder, has said Botswana was instrumental in the University’s success in its globalisation mission.

Limkokwing, one of the most globalised universities, opened its first campus outside Asia in Botswana in 2007. Ever since then, the university went to on to open more campuses in other countries; among them Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia and Sierra Leone. The United Kingdom campus was opened in 2007, shortly following the opening of Botswana campus. Tiffanee Marie Lim recently visited Botswana to officiate at the lighting of Christmas tree ceremony which took place on Thursday this week at Rail Park Shopping Mall, in the presence of Vice President Slumber Tsogwane.

In an interview with WeekendPost this week, Tiffanee said they have being doing Christmas tree lighting for over six years now and she understand that this is the largest Christmas tree ever erected in Botswana. “Limkokwing is very proud to be able to contribute, because they want to embed Limkokwing Brand to Botswana,” she said.

“We want to be sensitive to the spirit of Christmas as it’s the time where one reflects on what is important and this time around the University has chosen to do some outreach programmes, as its important within the University because its goes within the university culture to engage and empower the youth.” Tiffanee said they have many corporate social responsibility initiatives lined-up this year, as they have been sending some groceries to schools, hospitals, and to disabled people, especially the kids.

 The university also offers scholarship to people with various disabilities through its special needs department. A part of its empowerment programme the university sent two young Batswana to London Fashion week which was held in September this year.  The two; who happen to be the winners of the presidential day competition were the first Batswana to participate in the show. Tiffanee said the duo had a privilege to walk or parade in such kind of prestige festival, which was an initiative by Botswana.

She further said some piece of art and skills of Batswana young designers was used a lot in the festival, notably the German print which was featured heavily in the collections. Tiffanee is passionate about fashion, something which is said is natural since she comes from a family of creatives. She admitted that being a child of Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing will naturally come with pressure given the man’s stature in Malaysia and globally.

“It’s not an easy to be a daughter of Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr Lim Ko Wing, its comes with pressure. “All kids feels pressure to keep their parents proud of them, everybody and it doesn’t matter either they are prominent or not” said Tiffanee. Tiffanee said 10 years ago, from day one till now it has been very challenging but the rewards to the university, to his father has being incredible, emotionally.

Tiffanee said her father keeps saying Botswana as country has given him purpose in life and that he is really grateful and vows that the university is 1000 percent behind the economy, to the people, to the talents of Batswana which they possess. Tiffanee said the university brought the world attentions to the country and they invited the competition and also challenge paving a way for the people to be prosperous and therefore she hope Limkokwing will innovate and also change the game.

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DPP halts JSC, Judge’s back to work plan

25th January 2021
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The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP)’s decision to reject and appeal the High Court’s verdict on a case involving High Court Judge, Dr Zein Kebonang has frustrated the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and Judge Kebonang’s back to work discussions.

JSC and Kebonang have been in constant discussions over the latter’s return to work following a ruling by a High Court panel of judges clearing him of any wrong doing in the National Petroleum Fund criminal case filed by the DPP. However the finalization of the matter has been hanged on whether the DPP will appeal the matter or not – the prosecution body has since appealed.

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BDP rejects Saleshando payment proposal

25th January 2021
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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) top brass has declined a request by Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) to negotiate the legal fees occasioned by 2019 general elections petition in which the latter disputed in court the outcome of the elections.

This publication is made aware that UDC Vice President Dumelang Saleshando was left with an egg on his face after the BDP big wigs, comprising of party Chairman Slumber Tsogwane and Secretary General Mpho Balopi rejected his plea.

“He was told that this is a legal matter and therefore their (UDC) lawyer should engage ours (BDP) for negotiations because it is way far from our jurisdiction,” BDP Head of Communications, Kagelelo Kentse, told this publication.

This spelt doom for the main opposition party and Saleshando who seems not to have confidence and that the UDC lawyers have the dexterity to negotiate these kind of matters. It is not clear whether Saleshando requested UDC lawyer Boingotlo Toteng to sit at the table with Bogopa Manewe, Tobedza and Co, who are representing the BDP to strike a deal as per the BDP top echelons suggested.

“From my understanding, the matter is dealt with politically as the two parties are negotiating how to resolve it, but by far nothing has come to me on the matter. So I believe they are still substantively engaging each other,” Toteng said briefly in an interview on Thursday.

UDC petitioners saddled with costs after mounting an unprecedented legal suit before the court to try and overturn BDP’s October 2019 victory. The participants in the legal matter involves 15 parliamentary candidates’ and nine councillors. The UDC petitioned the court and contested the outcome of the elections citing “irregularities in some of the constituencies”.

In a brief ruling in January 2020, Judge President Ian Kirby on behalf of a five-member panel said: “We have no jurisdiction to entertain these appeals. These appeals must be struck out each with costs including costs of counsel”. This was a second blow to the UDC in about a month after their 2019 appeals were dismissed by the High Court a day before Christmas Day.

This week BDP attorneys decided to attach UDC petitioners’ property in a bid to settle the debts. UDC President Duma Boko is among those that will see their property being attached with 14 of his party members. “We have attached some and we are on course. So far, Dr. Mpho Pheko (who contested Gaborone Central) and that of Dr, Micus Chimbombi (who contested Kgalagadi South) will have their assets being sold on the 5th of February 2021,” BDP attorney Basimane Bogopa said.

Asked whether they met with UDC lawyers to try solve the matter, Bogopa said no and added. “Remember we are trying to raise the client’s funds, so after these two others will follow. Right now we are just prioritising those from Court of Appeal, as soon as the high court is done with taxation we will attach.”

Saleshando, when contacted about the outcomes of the meeting with the BDP, told WeekendPost that: “It would not be proper and procedural for me to tell you about the meeting outcomes before I share with UDC National Executive Committee (NEC), so I will have to brief them first.”

UDC NEC will meet on the 20th of next month to deal with a number of thorny issues including settling the legal fees. Negotiations with other opposition parties- Alliance for Progressives and Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) are also on the agenda.

Currently, UDC has raised P44 238 of the P565 000 needed to cover bills from the Court of Appeal (CoA). This is the amount in a UDC trust account which is paltry funds equating 7.8 per cent of the overall required money. In the past despite the petitioners maintaining that there was promise to assist them to settle legal fees, UDC Spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa then said the party has never agreed in no way to help them.

“We have just been put in debt by someone,” one of the petitioners told this publication in the past. “President’s (Duma Boko) message was clear at the beginning that money has been sourced somewhere to help with the whole process but now we are here there is nothing and we are just running around trying to make ends meet and pay,” added the petitioner in an interview
UDC NEC has in December last year directed all the 57 constituencies to each raise a minimum of P10, 000. The funds will be used to settle debts that are currently engulfing the petitioners with Sheriffs, who are already hovering around ready to attach their assets.

The petitioners, despite the party intervention, have every right to worry. “This is so because ‘the deadline for this initiative (P10, 000 per constituency) is the end of the first quarter of this year (2021),” a period in which the sheriffs would have long auctioned the properties.

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Boko-Khama axis viewed with suspicion

25th January 2021
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President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Duma Boko’s alliance with former President Lt Gen Ian Khama continues to unsettle some quarters within the opposition collective, who believe the duo, if not managed, will once again result in an unsuccessful bid for government in 2024.

While Khama has denied that he has undeclared preference to have Boko remaining as leader of UDC, many believe that the two have a common programme, while other opposition leaders remain on the side-lines.

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