Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Blackbeared finally leaves plum post of Botswana High Commissioner to UK

Roy Blackbeard has finally left his post as Botswana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed this week.

A close ally of former President Ian Khama, Blackbeared has been the country’s High Commissioner to Britain for more than two decades.

He was appointed shortly after Ian Khama joined active politics in 1998.

Blackbeared ‘s end of tour was welcomed by opposition legislator Wynter Mmolotsi who has over the years asked questions in parliament on Blackbeared’s curiously long tour in London.

Commenting on the latest development, Francistown South Member of Parliament Mmolotsi called it “normalisation.”

“ All public servants should be given the same treatment,” he added.

He added that to have an officer placed at one place “for 20 years is to say the least very abnormal and very unfair to others who have been transferred a couple of times against their will. The recall of Mr. Blackbeard is a welcome development and it is our hope that moving forward policies will be applied in equal measure to all.”

Prior to joining the diplomatic service, Blackbeard was the Member of Parliament for Serowe North. He made way for Khama in 1998 when General Khama resigned from the army and became vice president.

It was always believed that Blackbeared got such good treatment as a way of paying hin and rewarding him for making way for Khama.

As a result of sucha transaction he got what he wanted and called the shots.

Meanwhile the Ministry has stated that Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae, former Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has also left his post.

A veteran diplomat, Ntwaagae is retiring.

 Former Ambassador of Botswana to Federative Republic of Brazil, Sweden and the Nordics, Russia, as well as, Former Chief of Protocol, Bernadette Rathedi has also left her post.

According to the Ministry Ambassador Mmamosadinyana Punkie Molefe who is Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Botswana to the African Union and Ethiopia has completed her tour of duty. She has assumed the position of Deputy Permanent Secretary- Corporate Services, in the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation.

The Ministry further announced that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has made new diplomatic appointments.

Collen Kelapile has been appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, USA.

He has wide-ranging experience in diplomacy spanning over two decades, having worked diligently in the Ministry and International Organisations.

Kelapile joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in 1995.
He is currently serving as Chief of Staff at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He has previously served in the Ministry Headquarters as the Deputy Director, Department of Africa and the Middle East, as well as at the Botswana Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York, USA. Mr. Kelapile also served as an expert on the prestigious and renowned Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) of the United Nations.

The Ambassador-Designate is expected to take up his appointment in New York in October, 2018.

Tebogo Lily Motshome has been appointed Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Motshome is currently serving as the Director in the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation and has wide-ranging experience in diplomacy spanning over two decades. Tebogo Lily Motshome joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in 1990. She also served in various Botswana Missions abroad: Botswana Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe; Botswana Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland; Botswana High Commission, Windhoek, Namibia; as well as Botswana Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.The Ambassador-Designate is expected to take up her appointment in Brazil in October, 2018. She replaces Ambassador Bernadette Rathedi.

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