Regional institution, Institute of Development Management (IDM) is meeting in Lesotho early Monday to discuss matters pertaining to training, research and consultancy. The Institute’s Academic Council, Executive Committee and Student Leadership will be in the Mountain Kingdom throughout the week as part of their triannual meetings.
“Lesotho is an important market for us at IDM. We have been there for over four decades now and our presence has had a positive impact on the country’s socio-economic and political development. We remain committed and close to the government and the people of Lesotho in order for us to understand and appreciate the needs on the ground. IDM believes in consultation so as to develop the right solutions for the market. We pride in many of our alumni who are absorbed in leadership positions in Lesotho, making a positive contribution to the development of the country,” said Richard Malikongwa, Regional Director at IDM.
He says the Academic Council, which primarily comprises academics representing the academic diversity of the Institute from Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, is the principal policy-making and advisory body on all academic matters that affect IDM’s teaching, research and educational programmes.
Academic Council convener, Ntaeboso Phenduka who is also the Assistant Director, Quality Assurance Management emphasized that the Council advises the leadership of IDM on several academic issues and help the Institute to align to the national goals of the three countries. He mentioned that programmes that are developed by IDM in the three countries are informed by national policies to ensure alignment as well as relevance.
“Academic Council supports IDM as an ISO certified institution to conform to academically credible regulatory standards in our three markets and beyond. We respond to the human resource needs by developing relevant programmes. At the Academic Council, we discuss curriculum content, assessments and policies that guide student support among others. Our previous meeting was held in Botswana in November 2017 while Swaziland will host in November this year,” explained Phenduka.
He revealed that IDM, as other tertiary institutions is guided by regulatory bodies to ensure that high quality academic standards are met, adding “We work with Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA), Lesotho Council on Higher Education (CHE) and Swaziland Higher Education Council (SHEC) who all provide oversight to ensure compliance is met.”
As an institution with strong local and regional presence, IDM, through its events and activities that rotate around the three countries helps to boost their economic activities. Sectors such as the hospitality and tourism, transport industry, SMEs and entertainment find themselves busy during this time. In 2017, scores of visitors from Lesotho and Swaziland met in Botswana to witness the 11th Joint Graduation ceremony of the Institute. This year, the same event will be convened in Swaziland.
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.