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Magang documents Khama-Masisi feud

A renowned author, businessman and politician, David Magang will next year release a new book that will chronicle how the ‘historic’ friction between former President Ian Khama and the incumbent Mokgweetsi Masisi began and the way forward for Botswana to not only progress but prosper.

The book which will be Magang’s third, following the release of Magic of Perseverance and Delusion of Grandeur Volume one and two, will also focus on other highlights. The October General Elections which were highly anticipated will also get their share in the book, he says. Magang also points out that the media, which plays a critical role in a democratic dispensation will also be zoomed in the book especially before the elections and at a period when the two leaders (Masisi & Khama) were trading fists.

“Of course I will be publishing the book. I have not started writing, I’m still doing some research, as you know the book needs time as to how many copies to produce and the number of pages but I am working on it,” Magang confirmed on Wednesday morning in an interview.
He continued; “the focus of the book will be on history. This will include the vendetta between the two (Masisi and Khama) it is historic isn’t it? So we will have to see what instigated the feud up until now. Remember we write for future references, so the research as to what happened is being done.”

Magang, a former Minister who missed the chance to become the country’s Vice President (VP) and possibly the President in the late 90’s, has been playing an active role in trying to smoke the two a peace pipe. His VP ambitions in 1998 were then shattered by Ian Khama who was recruited from Botswana Defense Force (BDF) as a BDP strategy to unite the then disconnected party by becoming VP. By then BDP advisors told President Ketumile Masire that, Khama, the son of the party’s founding President Seretse Khama would be the panacea to the BDP woes.

Magang’s reconciliatory meetings since last year were as a request from the party as he is one of the BDP veterans who also sits on the Elders’ Council. Article 24.2 of the BDP constitution says the mandate of the Elders Council include investigations, arbitration and reconciliation of differences and disputes where necessary within the party structure and or members.

A meeting between Khama, Masisi and the veterans frantically collapsed early this year. The meeting was to be convened by the party elders including Patrick Balopi, David Magang, Dr Gaositwe Chiepe and Ponatshego Kedikilwe, among others. Former President Festus Mogae was also expected at the gathering. Following that failure in which Khama reported clear that he does not want Magang as part of the team, the latter said these to Weekendpost. “We haven’t met with the two because as you know Masisi is out of the country.

But surely we will meet once he arrives. For now, I cannot say when we would meet. My relationship with him (Khama) is okay as far as I know, but you will never know gore monnao o akantse eng ka wena. If he doesn’t want me I will visit him ko lwapeng. Akere le ene o tlaa tla kwa gaetsho nako nngwe.” Magang’s first book, Magic of Perseverance detailed how he had to sweat to secure the land in Phakalane to develop a residential business.

The second one, Delusion of Grandeur slammed the country’s figment of imagination that since 1966 up to this date, Botswana has only progressed but failed to prosper like the Asian tiger, despite being endowed with plethora of natural resources. The upcoming book will not only focus on the personal vendetta between the former allies, but it will look at other issues of national interest such as the elections. “I am also going to zoom in on the past elections and scrutinize them as you know they were very historic and peculiar,” he said shying to dwell much on the details.

The 2019 elections were highly anticipated but saw BDP managing 38 seats, followed by the UDC with 15. Khama’s Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) garnered 3, while Alliance for Progressives (AP) got only one. As is, there are 29 petitions at the courts of law with opposition parties claiming there were irregularities building to the election and strongly believing that BDP has rigged the elections. This is an interesting factor that Magang will look to include in his chronicles.

The volume will also look at the role the media played in the build up to the elections and the tone of the media at the height of their (Masisi/Khama) battle. It is the second year running with the two not sharing a shade, efforts to mediate them has never seen the light of day and it becomes unlikely with each passing day.

“I will look at the role you played as the fourth estate prior to the elections and during them. Media is a powerful tool in a democratic dispensation like ours, so their role will be well captured in the book. I will also analyze and critic how the media reported about the friction between these two men, sometimes there was a lot of sensationalism and it will be looked into,” Magang said.

DIKGOSI ALSO WANT FEUD DOCUMENTED

Earlier this year Dikgosi also unanimously agreed that the war between the two needs to be documented for future reference. The motions was presented by the then specially elected member of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, Kgosi Thabo Maruje III of Masunga who said that the dispute between Khama and Masisi is largely owing to the deficit of a presidential museum which should define dialogue.

“A presidential museum will define dialogue. Currently there is a hot dialogue in which people have divergent views (between Masisi and Khama). This is largely because we have a deficiency of a process where anytime we can declassify material which is outdated,” Kgosi Maruje observed. To add onto Kgosi Maruje’s sentiment, Tswapong Region's Kgosi Galeakanye Modise also said the presidential museum is essential and surely could be providing an answer to the current disagreement between Khama and Masisi.

“But if there is a process that is well packaged, even the dispute between Masisi and Khama that is happening now, that presidential museum could provide an answer,” Kgosi Modise pointed out while stressing that, “it could provide clear references for the dispute.” According to Kgosi Maruje, if this nation can undergo through such a crisis, the nation will hold dikgosi accountable in terms of where they were during such current crisis like that of Masisi and Khama.

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

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

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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