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Khama says BDP wanted to fire Tshekedi

Former President Lt Gen Ian Khama has said Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), wanted to expel his younger brother Tshekedi Khama, from the party, but has since chickened out after being warned that they will lose the constituency.  

Speaking at a rally in Serowe West this week, Khama said President Mokgweetsi Masisi has since resorted to actions that seek to cause division between him and Tshekedi. Khama has expressed his desire to see Tshekedi dumping the ruling party, because he believes the party is mistreating him. Khama wants Tshekedi to join the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front, a party he founded.

“They did not want him in the party. Last year December they attempted to fire him. They were advised that once they fire him, their party is going to lose Serowe West constituency,’’ Khama said. Khama descended to Serowe West constituency, on a sole mission of asking the constituents whether they will vote for Tshekedi Khama in the October polls if he stays put in the BDP. “In May, I had a meeting at Serowe Show Grounds to tell you about my decision to quit Botswana Democratic Party. It was not the fact that I hate BDP leadership, it was because they were mistreating me,’’ Khama said.

Khama said the BDP has even made life difficult for Tshekedi, by expelling his campaign manager from the party. It is reported that the campaign manager was using a BDP vehicle to advance the interest of the BPF, and not that of the BDP. Khama, however, believes the blame should rest on the BDP chairman in Serowe region, Steady Sethaba, whom he accused of causing confusion. The former President, said the said vehicle was dispossessed from Tshekedi’s campaign manager, but his younger brother was not consulted.

He also expressed concern that BDP is giving the nation a wrong impression that he and his younger brother hate each other. “The BDP leadership wants to separate us. We are brothers of the same blood; we are close to each other and there is nothing between us. It appeared in local newspapers that we hate each other, it is not true,” Khama said. He revealed that after he joined BPF, Masisi started going with Tshekedi wherever he was going to prove to people that we hate each other.

“I moved to BPF and he is remaining with Tshekedi in BDP. That is the wrong impression that is being created,” he said. Khama said when he left the BDP, he was not the only one who was having a problem with BDP leadership. “BDP Members of Parliament do visit me, telling me that President Masisi is oppressing them.  Government is made up of 29 MPs, if he troubles them they will leave him,” he said. Khama said Masisi is intending on dividing BaMangwato, contending that there are plans to divide Central District and turn sub-districts into fully-fledged districts as way of diluting his influence.

Most of the attendants, who spoke at the rally indicated that they want Tshekedi to follow suit and join BPF. Tshekedi has previously indicated that Khama will decide his fate. It is not clear whether Tshekedi will leave the BDP before nomination undertaken later this month.  
After deliberations, Khama has promised to deliver the message to Tshekedi, that Serowe West constituents will only vote for him if he joins and contest under the BPF.

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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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