Saleshando’s quest for the state house


With the slogan ‘Roma Nna’, traditional posters of a young, charismatic parliamentary aspirant named Dumelang Saleshando adorned the streets of Gaborone only for nature to tear them down, eventually vanishing like a crimson sunset. Exactly 20 years later, the sun rises on Saleshando’s ‘Save Botswana’ posters in the city but this time it is not an unknown name and face but a political giant whose quest is now the State House. Mmegi staff writer SPIRA TLHANKANE shines light on the political tale of a man who has even compared himself to US President Joe Biden

Personal life

Saleshando, born on September 13, 1971, is a weathered politician and current Member of Parliament (MP) for Maun West. He grew up primarily in Selebi-Phikwe and his father, Gilson Saleshando, served both as a passionate politician and a pastor for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. His mother, Keatlaretse Dolly Saleshando, dedicated herself to public service within the health sector. Saleshando attended Kopano Primary School before completing his high school education at St Joseph’s College in Kgale.

Editor's Comment
Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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