Former national director of Media Institute of Southern African (MISA), Chibuya Dabutha has thrown her hat in the race for the position of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Women’s League secretary general.
The 49-year-old Serowe native told Mmegi that though she is trained for the corporate world, she is most fulfilled when she does volunteer work.
“I worked for a commercial bank for two years part of which was management training. I left the job as a manager of a department within the bank. I then successfully ran a business for five years.
“In 1996 I joined the Media Institute of Southern Africa as its National Director for two years. During my leadership I used my advocacy skills to stop the Government of Botswana from passing a draconian Media Practitioner’s Law which would have restricted the media practitioners and compromised their professionalism,” said Dabutha.
She said she advocated for the Freedom of Information Act in 1998.
“I was secretary of the private sector media representatives task force that drafted the Broadcasting Law of 1998 which is currently in use. My team also advocated for the establishment of a Media Studies School at UB. Then I went to study in India. Upon my return, I joined Women Against Rape in Maun.”
Dabutha was the organisation’s director for six years.
“I was intimately involved in gender issues including advocating for a conducive legal framework for women and children. A milestone that is worth mentioning is that I raised funds for the construction of the only Women’s Shelter in Northern Botswana at the time.
“Now I would like to serve Batswana at national level and under the BCP.”
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Accounting (double major) from the University of Botswana and a Higher Diploma in Visual Arts from Asian Academy of Film and Television.
The BCP Women League will hold its elective congress in May.