Reobonye Salutes Her Father

| January 19, 2015

The residence of the former vice president, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe lies at the foot of a small hill that defines Botalaote ward in Serowe.

His house spreads across and along a huge yard, typical of Serowe plots pre landboards, fenced with a perimeter wall which is now commonly known as “stop nonsense.”

When BOPA visited the home, about three vehicles were parked outside. Some men were erecting two tents in preparation for the Saturday funeral. BOPA crew was ushered by a middle aged woman in the living room where the widow of late former VP, Ms Bontlogile Merafhe was in the company of a group of women.

The mood, although sombre, was far from sorrowful. After all, this is just a celebration of a life well lived. The signature that forms the theme of the house shows nothing but bravado, achievement, astuteness as exhibited by a innumerable medals bestowed upon The General during his illustrious public service carreer.

One photo that stood out from the rest was of Lt Gen. Merafhe, and some few high ranking BDF officials with former president, Sir Seretse Khama. There are also few pictures of his children ranging from portraits and graduation photos.

After a brief family tete ‘a tete, The General’s eldest child, Reobonye was assigned to take us through the life of her father, the unflinching Motalaote who rose from a humble background to the second most powerful position in the country.

“He was a loving father who instilled certain values in us,” reminisces Reobonye. These values, she said, were honesty, integrity, unity and love amongst others. She said as a family they would want to continue carrying out these standards with pride and dignity.

Reobonye said the old man was supportive to them and as a family man Gen. Merafhe ensured that every Christmas they all met as a family. “Because of him we are supportive to each other in our family,” she quipped.

Reobonye said the death of their father had been a painful experience in their lives and they will miss his towering presence. She wanted her father to be remembered as a great leader, a great man and a great father who had given his 52 years working hard to improve this country and the people of Botswana.

Also she said her father was an interesting gentleman all his life who was not afraid to stir up a hornet’s nest.

General Merafhe, aged 78, would be buried in Serowe on Saturday, January 17.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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