A psychologist and economist, Kefentse Chewingie Mzwinila ’97 has been elected to a five-year term in the National Assembly of Botswana, representing Mmadinare Constituency.
“My primary areas of interest are poverty alleviation and employment creation, especially among the youth,” says Mzwinila, a member of Botswana Democratic Party.
Active in local government for many years, he was an appointed member of Sowa Town Council from 2009 to 2014.
Mzwinila’s other top priorities are proper governance of sustainable water resources; beneficiation of mineral resources to keep wealth inside the country; providing skills and resources for intelligence and security staff to deal with threats such as cybercrime and terrorism; and access to improved health facilities. Botswana, the longest continuous multi-party democracy in Africa, has an estimated population of 2,135,000.
Mzwinila graduated with a degree in psychology and in economics and business. A participant in Army ROTC at Lafayette, he was commissioned as an officer in the Botswana Defense Force, from which he retired in 2001. He holds a master’s in psychology and in developmental economics from Yale.