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Prof. Mokgwathi’s UB exit certainly imminent

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The Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs at the University of Botswana Professor Martin Mokgwathi has been suspended from work. At press time, it was not immediately clear if the suspension was for his recently reported allegations of plagiarism and academic dishonesty, or for incompetence as the arm of the university that he leads is said to be inefficient.

Efforts to confirm reasons for the Tuesday morning suspension hit a snag as Director of Public Affairs Mhitshane Reetsang’s phone rang unanswered. While there has been recent allegations of plagiarism that took place last year during the orientation for the University freshmen, information gathered by this publication is that Vice Chancellor Norris could be the one who actually pulled the suspension trigger for incompetence, instead of the University Council that is also reported to have been having an issue with the UB administrator. And now sources close to the matter say Mokgwathi could soon be shown the University’s exit door.

The decorated Professor is currently on a free fall and it seems like there will be nothing to catch him. Addressing students this week, Vice Chancellor Professor Norris promised to do away with any officer deemed incompetent.

UB is expected to release a statement soon. “We have had some cases before, most perpetrators have been shown the door. Plagiarism is an academic crime so we take it very seriously at the University. We have had cases here. Some people have been suspended others have been fired over the years, but recently they have all been fired.“Recently two other individuals were accused of plagiarism and the investigations proved that they haven’t plagiarised, the process that was followed was more of victimisation than anything else but with this issue it’s a lot more different,” the source whispered.

Mokgwathi’s number also rang unanswered, but last week in an interview with The Midweek Sun he could only say the plagiarism matter was internal, before referring this reporter to the Public Affairs Director.

Mokgwathi was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs in January 2016. He succeeded Professor Lydia Saleshando who left at the end of 2015 when her contract expired. Mokgwathi has been with the University since 1986 and boasts a wealth of experience.

He is also celebrated for crafting and establishing the Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation in 1998 for which he became Director until 2000 when he left to become Head of Department of Physical Education.

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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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