Tributes continue to pour in for the late former Bank of Botswana Governor, Linah Mohohlo, who succumbed to COVID-19 this morning at Bokamoso Private Hospital.
Mohohlo, (aged 69) was admitted to the hospital two and half weeks ago after being unwell, a family member said.
Mohohlo began her career at BoB in 1976 as a Secretary. She rose through the ranks in operational and policy areas of the Bank, until she served as a Governor from 1999 to 2016.
She was also appointed the Chancellor of the University of Botswana for five years (until June 2023), the first woman to occupy that position.
In a statement, the University of Botswana said Mohohlo had a firm and grounded understanding of the University which she served in various capacities over the years, notably the UB Foundation where she served as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Among her achievements as the Deputy Chairman of UB Foundation Board of Trustees, the university indicated that Mohohlo was able to secure funding from abroad for the First-in-the-Family Graduate Scholarship Programme in areas of Economics, Finance, Business and related disciplines at Master’s Degree level at UB.
The University of Botswana stressed that the programme, since its inception, has been beneficial to 20 graduate students.
“Mohohlo played a key role in raising funds for the UB Foundation Endowment Fund which so far benefited 242 graduate students,” reads a statement from the University.
Mohohlo was a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten individuals who advocate for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.
She has also worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Special Appointee.
In her capacity as Governor of the IMF for Botswana, she has been a member of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC: 2000-02), representing the Africa Group 1 Constituency, which comprises of 21 Sub-Saharan African countries.
In May 2015, the then United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon appointed Mohohlo as a member of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, an initiative aimed at preparing recommendations for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.
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.