Former Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) Chief Executive, Myra Sekgororoane has refuted allegations that she has accepted an offer to replace the late Mike Montshiwa as CEO of Fairgrounds Holdings.
Rumours have been circulating in the corporate grapevine to the effect that Sekgororoane has been handpicked to replace Montshiwa at Fairgrounds Holdings and will be taking up the top post in the near future. However, the former BTO boss denied the rumours, though she conceded that she has been working at the company on a consultancy basis.
“I have been engaged as a consultant at Fairgrounds Holdings since November 2015. I was approached by Fairgrounds and offered a three months consultancy contract. But I will not be taking up the position of CEO,” she said in an interview with Sunday Standard on Friday.
It has also emerged that Fairgrounds Holdings has asked Sekgororoane for the three months contract to be extended.
“Please note that I am not a CEO at Fairgrounds but simply a consultant whose role is to assist the company with my skills and services. I have my own private tourism consultancy firm.”
The tourism veteran parted ways with BTO in December 2013 after serving for eight years as the founding CEO. She is credited with rebranding and restructuring the then Botswana Tourism Board (BTB) into Botswana Tourism (BTO). When she left BTO, Sekgororoane said she was satisfied with the job she had done for tourism over the years, and expressed confidence that the sector will grow to contribute meaningfully to the national economy.
“I have done my time and it’s time to move on. I wish all stakeholders in the tourism sector success and I’m confident that this country’s tourism has every opportunity to continue to grow by attracting both foreign and meaningful citizen investment and collectively contributing more to our economy,” she said at the time.