The Botswana Football Association, (BFA) president, Maclean Letshwiti has quashed rumors that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo is on his way out. The future of Mfolo at BFA is alleged to be uncertain as several unconfirmed reports indicate the association might let him out following his secondment from the Ministry of Tertiary Education some years ago.
According to reports, the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) delegation that paid the association a visit late last year allegedly found Mfolo to be unskilled and not qualified to be CEO of the association. In an interview, Mfolo said he couldn’t comment about his future. He referred this publication to the President, Letshwiti. “That’s an issue to be answered by the president, that’s for the president to make a statement, not me.”
Reached for comment, BFA President Letshwiti said there is no truth to the allegations especially since the rumours were published by social media outlets, which he said, tend to peddle rumours. “He is in office and he is working, I can’t speak about his future, we don’t know what the future is like but I can confirm that the CEO is in office and he is doing his usual job,” a rather cagey Letshwiti said.
However, since the UEFA report, the Botswana Premier League booted out the then CEO Thabo Ntshinogang, who the UEFA delegation allegedly found to be surplus to requirements. Mfolo was appointed CEO back in 2017, following the departure of Ookeditse Malesu. He survived the BFA top seat for three years. The hot seat has seen many exiting the position barely six months into the job. His contract was renewed late September last year for an additional two years.
Over the past two months the country’s annual inflation has remained stable, although current developments have potential to swing up inflation rate. Statistician General Burton Mguni, this week said the annual inflation rate in March 2020 was 2.2 percent, the same as in February 2020.
“All-tradeables inflation rate stood at 2.1 percent in March 2020, recording a drop of 0.1 of a percentage point from 2.2 percent recorded in February 2020,” said Mguni. He said the main contributors to the March annual inflation rate were food and non-alcoholic beverages at 0.5 of a percentage point, miscellaneous goods and services at 0.5 of a percentage point and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels at 0.3 of a percentage point.
Meanwhile forecast on inflation rate by economic analyst Garry Juma at Motswedi Securities indicates a potential rise, on the backdrop of Botswana Power Corporation’s (BPC) electricity tariffs increase by 22 percent effective from April 1. “There will be an uptick due to increase in administered prices but this will taper off, as it’s a once off increase,” said Juma. He however, highlighted that it is too early to predict the effect of COVID-19 on inflation.
DStv and Virgin Active have partnered to bring viewers workouts designed by the very best instructors and fitness experts from around the world. The show that premiered on SuperSport Blitz this Thursday (April 16th) seeks to grease the bodies of viewers who have been stuck at home, possibly missing out on some much-needed exercise. It airs at 0800Hrs & 1700Hrs daily. The first show was a hit, leaving some viewers panting for breath and looking forward to other exciting workouts under the series.
According to a press release, with most of the viewers across the world currently going through lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most are missing out on going to the gym hence these work outs which brings the gym straight to the viewers’ homes. "You may not be able to get to the gym to train but the gym is coming right to you through DStv, giving you easy-to-follow workouts ranging from high intensity, that will make you sweat, to more mindful, restorative practice to feed your soul," explains the release.
The release notes that first up, participants will meet Ceri Hannan and Bongo Ntlokwana, two Virgin Active coaches who will guide viewers through some great mobility flows and high intensity interval training (HIIT) routines to get stamina up and allow people to start benchmarking their progress. "Each workout is designed to cater to any level of fitness, with the progression or regression of each movement demonstrated so that participants can work out according to their ability and fitness level," says the press release.