Following an expose by our sister publication, Sunday Standard, on the seemingly dubious academic qualifications of Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) Director of Marketing, ICT and Registration Geoffrey Seleka, the organization has moved swiftly to investigate the allegations leveled against him. Confirming the investigation, BIH Public Relations Manager Tigele Mokobi said BIH views the allegations raised in the article in a serious light.
“Please be informed that we are currently investigating the veracity of the article and that, until the investigations are complete we are unable to comment further”, he wrote in an email statement. He could not comment on what possible action the organization was likely to take in the event the allegations turn out to be true. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, under which BIH mandate falls, is also reported to have put pressure on BIH to probe the matter.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Keoagile Molapong confirmed that they are in touch with BIH on the matter. He acknowledged that the Parastatal was currently investigating the matter. “The Ministry takes the matter seriously and will be interested in the outcome of the BIH investigation so that all questions and doubts raised by your article get answered”, Molapong stated in a written statement.
Last week the Sunday Standard reported that Seleka might have received his doctorate qualification from a bogus online university, Rochville, which has been declared illegal in the US. The university is notorious for selling academic qualifications without enrolling the students for any tutorials, assessments and examinations.