Botswana: Former Councillor Laid to Rest Today

Serowe — Former Serowe Administration Authority (SAA) chairperson and councillor for Serowe South Central Ward, Mr Modisakgotla Makwati has died.

He passed away on May 3 after a short illness at the age of 59. He will be buried today in Serowe. He was the chairperson of SAA from 2009 to 2012.

In an interview, his cousin, Ms Tebelelo Seretse said Mr Makwati had not been well for two weeks before he died.

Ms Seretse said the deceased was a versatile people as he was a father, a politician, a business man, a religious man, a giver and a pillar of strength.

She also said he was a straightforward person who did not mince his words if he did not like something, adding that he was also trustworthy, well-liked and respected by people around him.

Ms Seretse, who also worked with Mr Makwati in politics, said he was a staunch member of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and worked hard to ensure its success.

She noted that the deceased served under Dr Gaositwe Chiepe, herself and Ms Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi during their tenures as Members of Parliament for Serowe South.

She said he was one of the rare breed of councillors who felt he had done enough for his constituents and gave way for others. She also noted that he supported other BDP candidates when they stood for elections.

Ms Seretse said although Mr Makwati was a member of the Ngwato Land Board when he died, he was still the vice chairperson of the Serowe South constituency branch because the party was not able to hold elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She, however, revealed that preparations were underway to hold elections.

She said he was also into farming and was the vice chairperson of Kaaka Farmers Association.

Ms Seretse said he was one of the few men that other men could emulate, saying he was responsible and supported all his children. She added that he was also a religious man who included God in everything he did.

The deceased's son, Mr Gabarekwe Makwati said it was difficult for him to accept that his father was gone. He, however, said he had learnt a lot from him and would continue to cherish what he taught it, especially in farming.

Mr Makwati is survived by eight children.

Source : BOPA

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