Botswana: Wright Laid to Rest

| April 24, 2016

Maun - Different speakers spoke well of the late former politician and staunch farmer Mr Philip Brown Wright (63) during his funeral in Maun on Saturday.

Many described Mr Wright who worked for the Ministry of Agriculture between 1975 and 1992 as an instrumental person who had contributed immensely to the development of the agricultural sector as an employee and a farmer not only in Ngamiland but Botswana as a whole.

Mr Wright who served three terms as a member of the North West District Council initially as a nominated member and voted in on two terms was laid to rest in Maun on Saturday following his demise on April 19.

Speaking at the funeral, the Minister of Agriculture Mr Patrick Ralotsia described Mr Wright as a champion who managed where many people despaired.

Mr Ralotsia said Mr Wright played a pivotal role as a mediator between government and the people in the issues that affected the Ngamiland farmers.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture was still seeking advice from Mr Wright regarding the implementation of the newly introduced ear tags prior to his demise.

The brother, Mr Michael Wright said the late Wright had qualifications from Botswana College of Agriculture and worked for department of Veterinary Services from 1976 but transferred to the Tsetse Control Unit in 1977 in the same Ministry of Agriculture.

The late Wright further persuaded Diploma in Tsetse Fly Control in Zambia and another training on Trypanosomiasis in London and continued with the Tsetse Fly Control until he resigned from the public service as a senior technical officer in 1989.

Farmers Association representative, Rev Kegaisamang Ramokwena said Mr Wright was instrumental in the formation of the Haina Veldt Farmers Association which was formed after the Cattle Lung Disease (CBPP) which affected the Ngamiland people in 1996 and led to wiping and restocking of the cattle.

Rev Ramokwena said Mr Wright was also crucial in the introduction of farmerss days which were hosted annually at the Haina Veldt farms.

Vice chairperson of Botswana Beef Production Union, Mr Thuba Koontse, said Mr Wright played a crucial role in the formation of the national body that represented all farmers instead of having fragmented unions. Mr Koontse said Mr Wright was one of the farmers who were sent to benchmark on ear tags implementation in Namibia in 2015.

The Botswana Democratic Party Representative, Mr John Ben said Mr Wright was a strong pillar for the BDP since he revived the party structures from cell and ward level in Ngamiland and Chobe constituency during his tenure as a councillor .

Another speaker, North West District Council chairperson Mr Reaboka Mbulawa said the late Wright was a seasoned member of the Maun Planning Committee which was responsible for the Maun physical planning, adjudication and informs the Minister of Lands and Housing in planning matters.

He said Mr Wright was a blessing to the committees with his wealth of knowledge.

Some of the late Wright's accolades were his involvement in the development of Maun Horse Derby, as his speedy horses challenged other horse riders to invest in horses therefore the growth of the race.

The daughter, Ms Gina Maswabi said her father groomed them to be independent and had nurtured them to have the various lives they had and described him as "the best dad and husband."

Mr Wright is survived by his wife and four children, three women and a man.

SOURCE: Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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