On Friday 9th May 2008, the Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Secretariat who is also the Patron of African Night, “Mrs. Florence Mugasha, presented a cheque of ┬ú2,000 to Ditshwanelo, a Botswana-based human rights NGO. The money was raised in November 2008 in London during an African Night event.
“African Night” is an annual event organized by the African members of staff of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
According to a press release from Ditshwanelo, Ms Betty Mould-Iddrisu, one of the organizers of the event, informed the audience that the theme for the African Night in November was “Recognising and Honouring Women of Africa” and DITSHWANELO deserved the donation as Women of Africa understand and appreciate the importance of respecting and promoting human rights.
His Excellency, Roy Blackbeard, the Botswana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, received the cheque on behalf of Ditshwanelo. Present at the function was Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, Deputy Secretary Ransford Smith and staff. Speaking after receiving the cheque, Blackhead thanked the African members of staff for their kindness and generosity and assured all present that the funds will properly be accounted for and used for the intended purpose. He assured all that Ditshwanelo has a good track record on governance, accountability and delivery.
Mugasha, in her statement, said that the small gesture was in recognition of the commendable work being done by DITSHWANELO. She said African members of staff at the Commonwealth Secretariat raised this money to give back and support good work being carried out in their motherland. She thanked all that donated towards the course during the African Night.
Mugasha, a Ugandan national, completes her tour of duty this year and her position will be filled by a Botswana national, Mrs. Gabaipone Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba.
Speaking earlier, the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Secretariat Social Club, Mr. Watipaso Mkandawire, under whose banner the African Night was organized, delivered a thank you message from DITSHWANELO, and the organisation’s resolve to use the money for the intended purpose.