Johnson Motshwarakgole: A Portrait of the Kingpin of the Labour Movement in Botswana

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Ditiro Motlhabane


When he retires Johnson Motshwarakgole would have left an indelible mark on the labour front and opposition politics. His contribution cannot be equalled to any other. Meeting Johnson Pekenene Motshwarakgole –the Godfather of Botswana’s labour movement and the man who has dedicated his entire life to fighting for the workers welfare –is a labourious task. Traffic of Chief Executives, political leaders and ordinary people from all walks of life form a bee line in front of his spacious office at the upmarket Central Business District, Gaborone –the official address for National Amalgamated Local and Central Government and Parastatal Workers Union (commonly known as the Manual Workers).

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