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I am ready to lead – Merafhe’s son

SHARE   |   Monday, 19 January 2015   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Olebile Merafhe Olebile Merafhe PIC: PHILLIMON MMESO

The son to the late former Vice President Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe, Odirile Merafhe has publicly informed President Ian Khama that he is available to be assigned on any government duties.

The emotional Merafhe was speaking at the state funeral of his father in Serowe recently and said that he is a ready to continue his father’s legacy of serving Botswana with dedication.

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Odirile Merafhe, who is a Chief Executive Officer of New African Property - a subsidiary of Cash Bazaar Holdings (CBH) - told mourners who included President Khama and his Deputy Mokgweetsi Masisi that they want to continue their father’s legacy.

“Let me assure you Mr. President that we are ready to serve this country and as such you can assign us anytime you want to do national duties,” said Merafhe with teary eyes.

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It was not clear if the young Merafhe, who once served as board member of the once embattled Botswana Development Corporation (BDC), was ready to join active politics. He was one of the board members who were removed by the Minister of Finance and Development Kenneth Mathambo when they questioned the award of the Fengyue Glass Project tender in Palapye.

He was once the Chief Executive Officer of Hotel and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB).  Just like his father, the young Merafhe is said to be a straight talker; something that saw him rubbing some people in the wrong way like at BDC.

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Another Merafhe’ son, Oagile, is also in the corporate world and is a former military officer just like his father. In 2000, he won a case against the army which wanted him to reimburse them the money they used to train him at WestPoint Military Academy in the United States. He had only served one year in the BDF after he returned from the USA, when he decided to resign after he got a job with Water Utilities Corporation as computer analyst and programmer in 1997.

The funeral of the late Merafhe was attended amongst others former PresidentsFestus Mogae and Kgalemang Motlante of South Africa, Zimbabwean Vice President Phekezela Mphoko, immediate past Botswana Vice President Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe.



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