Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi


Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi (born 31 May 1951) is a Motswana journalist and politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana from 2014 until December 2018. She was appointed to the National Assembly of Botswana in 1999 as one of the four specially selected members and was re-elected in the 2004 general elections.

Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi in 2007

Venson-Moitoi was the Minister of Works, Transport and Communications from 2001 to 2002 and Minister of Trade, Industry, Wildlife and Tourism from 2002 to 2004. She was appointed as the Minister of Communications, Science, and Technology in 2004. In the 2009 cabinet, Venson-Moitoi was appointed Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, and later she was appointed as Minister of Education.[1]

Quotes edit

  • My vision is I see Africa blossoming, quite frankly. I don’t know where the magic lies, but I think we can find it. We just have to sow unity, we have to start—you see what’s happening in the Gambia today.
  • So, Africa is fixing itself. For me, the tide has turned. From here onward it needs good administration at the head, at the AU. I know I can do that and this is why I’ve put my name up.
  • Yesterday I informed, in writing to the BDP and His Excellency the President, that I intend to contest the position of President of BDP at the next elective congress,” said Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi. She previously served as the country’s foreign minister under former president Ian Khama and was a candidate for African Union Commission chair in 2017.
  • There are Batswana who live along the borders with other countries and have relatives across such borders and who is really going to speak for some of our people when the government starts wild accusation relating to issues of citizenship.
  • The insults on Facebook thrown at both our Former and Current Presidents are totally alien to our culture. In Setswana we may differ in opinion and disagree very strongly but insults are never freely used especially when they are made by the youth against our leaders

External links edit

"'Renounce Malawian Citizenship'- Venson-Moitoi Told", by Chakalisa Dube, (March 18, 2019), Mmegi, retrieved 26 November 2022

"Masisi removes Venson-Moitoi in another Botswana shakeup" (December 20, 2018), Africa Times, retrieved 26 November, 2022

References edit

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  1. 2019 Richest and Influential Women in Botswana. Topmost10. Retrieved on 13, 2022. Retrieved on November, 2022.