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BOPEU’s possible return to BOFEPUSU

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The newly appointed President of Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), Masego Mogwera will not make any promises about the union affiliating to its former mother-body, Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU).

Addressing members of the media this week at union head office in Gaborone, Mogwera said that decision rests with BOPEU members if they make a resolution to go back to the federation. The marriage fell apart in 2015 when union members resolved to dissociate from the mother-body at the Palapye elective congress.

“I am guided by the resolution and I will follow what is proper for BOPEU. I will comply with the constitution. BOPEU can only go back to BOFEPUSU if there is a resolution saying that. We are not a one man show,” said Mogwera.Mogwera ascended to BOPEU’s highest position after former leader, Andrew Motsamai resigned from the post.

He is now employed as Executive Chairman of Babereki Investments. “In November 2016 Cde Motsamai wrote a letter to Babereki Investments tendering his resignation as Board Chairman.

The Union Board of Trustees brought this matter to the attention of the Babereki Investments Board at a special meeting convened early in December 2016,” said Mogwera. She added, “When the special Board meeting assessed the abrupt departure of Motsamai as Board chairperson in December 2016, against the business interests and transition that Babereki was going through, it was then resolved by the board that an appointment to the position of Executive Chairman be made immediately,” explained Mogwera.

Motsamai assumes his new post today (Wednesday). He has been BOPEU President for the last ten years.  He was elected to the Presidency of the then Botswana Civil Service Association (BCSA) in 2006, and transitioned it into BOPEU in 2007.

He was re-elected in 2009, 2012 and 2015 respectively, a position that he left by resignation on 28th January and  making him the longest serving president of the organisation. Martin Gabobake was appointed the 1st Deputy President, a position that was held by Mogwera before. 

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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