Monday, May 17, 2021

Roy Blackbeard recalled as Botswana’s High Commissioner in United Kingdom

As heads continue to roll at the government enclave, the latest is that Botswana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Roy Blackbeard has been recalled.

Blackbeard (65) took up the London post in 1998 and while other envoys have been transferred, he has stayed put for 20 years.

On Thursday, a day after President Mokgweetsi Masisi terminated the contract of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General Isaac Kgosi, sources within the ministry of foreign affairs said that Blackbeard has also been shown the door.

Blackbeard, an ally of former President Ian Khama, became a Member of Parliament in 1989, representing Serowe North under the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). He was appointed the Assistant Minister for Agriculture in 1992 and the Minister in 1994, which he held until 1997. In 1998, he left Parliament, paving way for former President Ian Khama and was appointed the High Commissioner in London. He has been Dean of Diplomatic Corps of the African countries represented in the UK.

Meanwhile the government is yet to make an official statement regarding Blackbeard’s replacement as well as that of the former Germany ambassador Tswelelopele Moremi who passed away last month. 

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