President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has promoted Major General Placid Segokgo to the rank of Lieutenant General and Commander of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) effective September 2. Major General Gotsileene Morake is appointed to the position of deputy commander, effective September 2, taking over from Segokgo. A press release from Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter Morupisi, states that Segokgo has been the deputy commander since 2012. He first joined the BDF in 1983 and rose through the ranks to his current rank and position during his 33 years of hard work and dedicated service to the BDF. Meanwhile, the release states that President Khama recognised and thanked, on his behalf and behalf of the nation Lt General Gaolathe Galebotswe for his hard work and dedicated service for the 33 years he has been in BDF. “We congratulate Lieutenant General Galebotswe and wish him a deserved retirement and success in his future endeavours,” the release states.