Tuesday, September 28, 2021

President Khama has chance to name first female Deputy Commissioner

A vacancy exists for a new Deputy Police Commissioner and some quotas are urging that it be a woman.
Former Deputy Police Commissioner Kenny Kapinga was redeployed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
President Ian Khama is in the next couple of days expected to announce a new Deputy Police Commissioner to fill the now vacant post.

Calls are being made for Khama to appoint a woman to the post.

Of the four most impressive and powerful Assistant Commissioners one is a woman, Dr Helen Magora, who heads the Police Forensic Lab and appears to have performed very well since her appointment.
She joined the service in 1988 and was sent to further her education and acquired her PhD qualification.

One of the major projects that she oversaw was the multi-million pula conversion of finger prints to the new electronic system, which is now in full operation.

If appointed, she would make history by being the first woman to be appointed as Deputy Commissioner in Botswana Police Service.

Boikhutso Dube, a lawyer by profession and currently the Director of Departmental Service at Police Head Office, is also a serious contender.

Dube is still young and has never been appointed as a Divisional Commander, which could be a disadvantage for him.

He has done well to serve the organization, especially in the corporate world.
There is also Matthews Letsholo, a career police officer who deputized Kapinga in operations. He suits the position because of his 29 years of experience in the service.

He excelled in the just ended public industrial strike on the operational level to restrain the police from using maximum force.

Then there is Keabetswe Makgobe, also a police career officer and South
However, a little while ago, calls were made by former police commissioners for the appointment of a female deputy commissioner.

Among those calling for the appointment of a female Deputy Police Commissioner are the first Motswana commissioner Simon, seconded by Norman Moleboge.

The immediate past Police Commissioner and now Acting Minister of Defense, Justice and Security, Edwin Batshu has also said that it is high time that we see a female deputy police commissioner.


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