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Dikgosi fight against de-recognition

All Dikgosi across the country are united and will fight to the bitter end with Government to see Bogosi Act, especially section 13 &15 scrapped off as it gives politicians more powers while leaving them (Dikgosi) as mere subjects.

The traditional leaders’ concern come at a time when they believe they are made redundant by politicians. According to Dikgosi, who were initially the political leaders they should be above politicians or at the same level hence they demand that a Minister should not have powers to de-recognize them, let alone be under the supervision of a minister-politician.

Section 13 of Bogosi Act read as thus; “If the Minister has reasonable cause to believe that the Kgosi of any tribe; or any tribe or section of a tribe lodges with the Minister a complaint that the Kgosi of that tribe, is incapable of exercising his or her powers, has abused his or her powers, is being insubordinate or is refusing or has refused to carry out lawful orders, or is for any reason not a fit and proper person to be a Kgosi, the Minister shall make such enquiry or cause such enquiry to be made as he or she may consider appropriate and shall afford the Kgosi an opportunity to be heard.

Section 15 which is focused on withdrawal of recognition from Kgosi read as: If after the holding of an enquiry, the allegations made against the Kgosi are proved, the Minister may caution or reprimand the Kgosi; order the stoppage of increment of the salary of the Kgosi; suspend the Kgosi; if he or she considers it to be expedient and in the interest of peace, good order and good governance, depose such Kgosi or extend the suspension for a period not exceeding two years.

All these are rubbing Dikgosi the wrong way and want erased from the act. Kgosi Kebinatshwene Mosielele of Manyana has come out loud that those sections should be removed. “We have always maintained our stance that it should be removed. As a Kgosi you are born leader so there is no how someone, a politician can have powers to de-recognise you. We will continue to raise that concern until something happens,” he said in a brief interview from hospital bed. The last Kgosi to be de-recognised was Kgosi Kgafela of Bakgatla in 2011.

It seems Dikgosi are still hurt on how Minister Chapson Butale brutally suspended Kgosi Seepapitso of Bangwaketse in the past and don’t want that to happen again. “It is better Kgosi reprimands the other than someone else reprimanding it. Remember what Minister Butale did to Kgosi Seepapitso when he suspended him from Bogosi, we don’t want that,” Kgosi Maforaga of Palapye told this paper in the past.

The reasons for Kgosi Seepapitso’s suspension as given by the Minister and reflected in court judgments, were that the proposed visit of His Excellency President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia at Kanye on 13th April 1994, had to be cancelled in the face of lack of coordinated preparation for the visit owing to his non-co-operation and in the light of uncertainty as to his whereabouts on that day.

The other reason given was that a kgotla meeting which the Minister was to address to explain this cancellation to the BaNgwaketse did not take place due to Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s non-cooperation. The Minister also gave Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s past behaviour as a reason for his suspension without being specific.

After suspending Kgosi Seepapitso, the Minister installed Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s son, the then apparent heir, the late Leema Gaseitsiwe, on an acting capacity. He also withheld fifty percent of Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s salary as Chief.

Not only this but Dikgosi don’t want to be under Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and want to have their own structure led by one of them. “We are confused as to whether we fall under Presidential Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture Development as well as Defence, Justice and Security, so all these should come under one roof. We are the only institution with an act but no Ministry,” Kgosi Matlapeng from Tlokweng has also told this publication.

Despite raising all these, the government is still quiet as to whether the Bogosi Act would be amended and whether they will have their own ministry as they have proposed. This publication’s enquiry sent to the Ministry last week, was not yet responded to at a time of going to press. Those in the know however share with WeekendPost that the government is considering the demands but will not commit anytime soon. Among other demands Dikgosi want, is to have their conditions of service be improved and be put on the same scale as that of High Court Judges.

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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