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IDM governing bodies convene in Lesotho

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.

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Free at last: Ian Kirby Speaks Out

6th December 2021
Justice Ian Kirby

The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.

WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?

Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.

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Civil society could rescue Botswana’s flawed democracy’ 

6th December 2021
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Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed.  This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.

In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’  The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.

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Bangwato at loggerheads over Moshupa trip

6th December 2021

Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama). 

Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.

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