Mohohlo is no more

The University of Botswana (UB) Community and the nation at large mourns the demise of Ms. Linah Mohohlo. A banker by profession, Mohohlo reportedly died aged Sixty-nine (69) this morning in Gaborone at Bokamoso Private Hospital due to COVID-19 related complications.

Mourning their Chancellor, the University of Botswana issued a statement confirming the sad news earlier;

“The University of Botswana is saddened by the passing on of its Chancellor Ms Linah Mohohlo. Ms Mohohlo passed on in the morning of June 2, 2021 at Bokamoso Private Hospital in Gaborone.

Ms Mohohlo was appointed Chancellor of the University of Botswana in 2018, making her the first woman to hold the position and the fifth Chancellor of the University of Botswana since its establishment in 1982.

She had a firm and grounded understanding of the University which she served in various capacities over the years, notably the UB Foundation where she served as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees.”

Mohohlo was the Governor of the Bank of Botswana from 1999 to 2016, following a twenty-three (23) year career with the Bank, during which she worked in support and policy areas (e.g. Board Secretariat, Human Resources, Research and Financial Markets Departments). She has also worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Special Appointee.

She was also a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. Every year, the Panel releases a report, the Africa Progress Report, that outlines an issue of immediate importance to the continent and suggests a set of associated policies.

In May 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mohohlo as member of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, an initiative aimed at preparing recommendations for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. In 2021, she was appointed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Council on the Economics of Health For All.

Mohohlo read accounting and business, economics, finance and investments at the University of Botswana, The George Washington University and University of Exeter, and received Diploma in Accounting and Business Studies, Bachelors Degree in Economics and Masters Degree in Finance and Investments, respectively. She undertook executive management training at Yale University.

The sad news comes to UB just a day after the founder and Emeritus Chairman of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), Lim Kok Wing was reported dead aged seventy-five (75) years.

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