Merafhe, the undiplomatic diplomat Nasha knew


If there was one Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) senior official who could become undiplomatic when he felt like, it was the former Vice President, Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe.

Merafhe was quite difficult to shake once he had taken a stand on something. 

Perhaps the best description of Merafhe comes from the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Margaret Nasha. She gives a vivid description of the Merafhe that she knows in her memoirs, Madam Speaker Sir.  She recalls one incident in the early 1990s when she was still Botswana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK).  During that time, former President Sir Ketumile Masire had just been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.  Merafhe who was by then the powerful Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, together with a delegation of government officials accompanied Masire to UK to be bestowed with the honour.  

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