Former Minister of Health, Professor Sheila Tlou, has been appointed the new Chancellor of Botswana Open University, taking over from former Vice President, Ponatshego Kedikilwe.
The appointment of Professor Tlou was announced by Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoTE), Dr. Douglas Letsholathebe.
“The appointment was made by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Botswana, Dr. M. E. K. Masisi and is effective from May 2021 to April 2026. Professor Tlou replaces Dr. PHK Kedikilwe, who retired as Chancellor at the end of 2020. Professor Tlou has been a trail blazer in many respects and brings to her role a wealth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom,” said Dr Letsholathebe in a statement.
Prof. Tlou served as Minister of Health between 2004 and 2008, under the presidency of Festus Mogae.
Tlou is spouse to the late former University of Botswana, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Thomas Tlou.
She is among the earliest researchers on HIV/AIDS in Botswana and was instrumental in early policies that were introduced by Botswana in the early 2000s.
Botswana has since earned the respect of the world, and is considered to be among the countries with best HIV/AIDS policies in the world, therefore serving as a benchmark for other countries.
Prof. Tlou who has just made Avance Media’s list of 100 Most Influential Women in Africa, is currently the Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and the Co-Chair of the Nursing Now Global Campaign.
From 2010 to 2017 she was the Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. She is a former Member of Parliament and Minister of Health of the Republic of Botswana (2004-2008). She is also a former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa.
She has conducted research and taught courses to nursing, pre-medical and social science students on Gender issues relating to HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Ageing and Older Persons. She has played a key role in the development of national nursing and medical education curricula, working to broaden the scope of Health Sciences education in Botswana.
Prof. Tlou holds a PhD in Nursing Sciences and post-graduate Certificates in Women’s health and Gender studies, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing Education and Instruction from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America, and a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Dillard University in New Orleans. She has many publications on gender issues relating to HIV and AIDS, older persons, menopause, and community-based approaches to HIV prevention.
The Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology congratulates Prof. Sheila Tlou on this appointment and wishes her the best in her role as the Chancellor of Botswana Open University.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.