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Introduction of HE President Mogae, joint sitting in Parliament, 26 October 2005, Minister Naledi Pandor speeches


Introduction of HE President Mogae, joint sitting in Parliament by Minister of Education, Ms Naledi Pandor, MP

26 October 2005

Thank you Madam Speaker.

Molaodi Mogae, Tautona ya Botswana rea go amogela. Ke batla go simulla ka go go leboga le go leboga Batswana botlhe, ka se le se diretseng Afrika le batho ba Afrika. Botswana entse e ipusa ngwaga tse masome a mararo le bohera bongwe.

Ka tshimologo ya boipuso babantsi ne ba sa tshepi gore Botswana e tla tswelelapele. Ne bae tshega Botswana. Nne ba bona batho ba ba humileng ba sa bone khumo le sithuba sa tswelelopelo.

Leithusitse Afrika ka go aga khumo ya Botswana, ka go aga Batswana, ka go tshwara thipa ee bogaleya go netefatsa puso ka batho. Rea le lebiga, rea le tlotla ka tiro ya lona ea bonatla.

My task is to introduce you to a man and his country in a few short minutes. Not an easy task. Or rather I should say that the introduction of the country is easier than the introduction of the man.

By international acclaim Botswana is one of Africa’s success stories. A leading news corporation describes Botswana simply as: “Africa’s longest continuous multi-party democracy. It is among the continent’s most stable countries, is relatively free of corruption and has a good human rights record.”

The man is a little harder to define.

I first met the President a long time ago when he was studying in England. Later, when I was a student in Botswana, I met him again. He was a top civil servant, and his wife a senior officer in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. His lovely wife then became a colleague and close friend to my grandmother, Mrs Matthews, and they worked together at the National Library.

President Mogae graduated from Oxford in the early post-Independence period. He also studied development economics as a postgraduate student at Sussex University. On his return to Botswana he became Director of Economic Affairs, and then in 1975 moved up to become Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, then to Governor of the Bank of Botswana.

He is one of a team of development economists in Botswana who put paid to derision that accompanied Botswana’s achievement of independence. He and the team he was part of shaped the economic development of Botswana before the diamond discoveries in Orapa and later in Jwaneng. At that time all Botswana seemed to have as an economic prospect was the copper in Selibe-Pikwe. President Mogae is thus very closely associated with Botswana’s economic success.

He moved on from economic matters in 1982 when he was promoted to the top post of the civil service, Secretary to the Cabinet and PS to the President Masire. In 1989 Mr Mogae was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Finance and Development Planning. In 1992 the task of Vice-President was added to his duties.

In early 1998 Vice-President Mogae succeeded to the Presidency when President Masire retired. Facing an election in less than two years, President Mogae demonstrated his political acumen by leading his party to an increase in both the popular vote and the number of seats in Parliament.

Madam Speaker, it is my great honour to have had the opportunity to introduce His Excellency, President Mogae, economist, politician, and statesman, a man who has played a leading role in the economic transformation of one of Africa’s success stories. I now leave it to you, Madam, to invite the President to address us.

Thank you.

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