The civil society is often criticised for being mute on issues that affect the public – silence largely attributed to their fear of upsetting government, which is one the major financers of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
However, in this in-depth interview with The Voice’s KABELO ADAMSON, Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) Executive Director, Botho Seboko dismisses such rumours.
Seboko goes on to list some of the notable achievements the council has realised since he took over the top position of the umbrella for NGOs in 2017.
The 37-year old Political Science graduate from the University of Botswana, who had a short stint in politics, is adamant the civil society remains relevant in the affairs of the country across all spheres.
Q. Firstly, congratulations on your recent appointment as Commissioner for Botswana National Commission for UNESCO.
A. Thanks! My position here at BOCONGO is multi-faceted.
We have six thematic groups; we have Economic Justice, Inclusive Social Policy, Democracy and Governance, Gender and Human Rights and we also have Arts and the Creative Industry.