Lobatse — Because the nation prepares to bid farewell to former cupboard minister Mr Archibald Mogwe who handed away final week aged 99, two distinguished Bangwaketse tribesmen have paid glowing tribute to him as a distinguished politician, strategist and administrator.
Born on 21 August 1921 in Kanye, Mr Mogwe labored as a trainer earlier than he was appointed as the primary Everlasting Secretary to the President (PSP) after Botswana attained independence.
He later grew to become a politician and went on to function minister of International Affairs from 1974 to 1984, and Mineral Assets and Water Affairs from 1985 to 1994.
He was Member of Parliament for Kanye constituency from 1989 to 1994.
He additionally served as Specifically Elected MP on three phrases between 1974 and 1989.
He winded his distinguished profession as ambassador of Botswana to the US of America.
An elder from Kanye and founding member of Botswana Democratic Get together (BDP) Mr Ketumile Kaboeamodimo, mentioned in an interview that Mr Mogwe contributed lots within the shaping of path of governance after independence.
“He was a peaceful and clever strategist. He offered sound recommendation to the management of this nation when he was PSP and was additionally particular advisor to the Botswana Democratic Get together. He was the one who suggested the social gathering to advertise democracy, unity and self-reliance in its first manifesto,” Mr Kaboeamodimo says.
Mr Kaboeamodimo mentioned he labored carefully with Mr Mogwe within the Seventies and 80s after he (Mogwe) left the civil service to develop into a politician. Mr Kaboeamodimo was a councillor in Kanye on the time.
He mentioned as a cupboard minister, Mr Mogwe was simply accessible and took time to hearken to folks. He mentioned Mr Mogwe wished good coordination of providers offered by authorities.
“He proposed for land board chairmen to develop into ex-officio members of councils and council secretaries to be ex-officio members of land boards. He felt that councils wanted to know what was occurring in land boards for higher coordination of providers. He was additionally the one that advocated for integration of presidency places of work in a single place in villages so that folks couldn’t journey everywhere in the village once they wished providers,” Mr Kaboeamodimo defined.
He mentioned Mr Mogwe was additionally one of many leaders who advocated for development of the College of Botswana and the formation of Botswana Defence Power.
Additionally, Mr Kaboeamodimo credited Mr Mogwe for proposing for the vp to mechanically succeed the president every time a sitting president passes away. That was after the dying of the primary President Sir Seretse Khama in 1980. Mr Kaboeamodimo additional credit Mr Mogwe for taking part in a crucial position in bringing some developments to Kanye. “He was on the forefront of development of Mookane and Ngwaketse Junior Secondary Faculties. He additionally advocated for development of extra stand pipes within the village. Earlier than that there was just one stand pipe at Kgosing ward. However he wished folks to have ease of entry to water. Different stand pipes had been constructed at Mmasekou, Segopotso and close to the police station.”
He additionally mentioned it was Mr Mogwe who advocated for Mmakgodumo dam to be changed into a tourism attraction.
“He was a peaceable one who advocated for tolerance of opposition politicians on the time when (the late) Dr Kenneth Koma and Phillip Matante had been too crucial of presidency, which generally made the ruling social gathering uneasy. He was additionally a laid again, jolly one who cherished leisure. He used to play his piano, and likewise cherished soccer,” mentioned Mr Kaboeamodimo.
Mr Kaboeamodimo mentioned he would bear in mind Mr Mogwe as a sober minded particular person, who was not conceited regardless that he was educated and extra educated than many individuals.
Mr Motswakgakala Sealetsa, who originates from Goo-Motebejana ward like Mr Mogwe, says the late former cupboard minister must be handled as a nationwide hero.
Mr Sealetsa mentioned Mr Mogwe was educated about many issues and used to encourage folks to grasp programs and insurance policies of presidency.
“He guided many people. I’d say he developed me into what I’m right now as a result of I discovered many issues from him. I labored underneath him as a councilor when he was MP of Kanye from 1989 to 1994 and he was nice to work with,” mentioned Mr Sealetsa.
He mentioned Mr Mogwe selflessly served the entire nation of Botswana as a politician and civil servant.
Mr Sealetsa suggested the present technology of leaders and Batswana on the whole to honour the legacy of Mr Mogwe by copying his selflessness, truthfulness, dedication to exhausting work and cooperation.
“I need the present technology to study these good traits from Mogwe. We must also ask ourselves as Batswana how we’re going to honour Mr Mogwe as a result of he devoted his life to serving us wholeheartedly,” he mentioned.
One of many methods of honouring Mr Mogwe, he mentioned was by naming, not only one, however a variety of establishments after him.
Supply : BOPA