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Ndelu Seretse rejects BPF proposal

Former cabinet minister, Ramadeluka Seretse has turned downed the opportunity to contest the coming general elections under the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) because he could not agree terms with their demands.

Seretse had warmed-up to the idea of joining the BPF, but the clash emerged when the leadership of the BPF did not want him to bring along his council candidates as well. Seretse revealed his position during a rally in Motetshwane Ward in Serowe North constituency this week.
“I have gone a long way with my council candidates campaigning in my constituency, we have already branded ourselves and I cannot leave them alone and contest under BPF,” said Seretse.

“BPF Secretary General, Roseline Panzirah-Matshome told me that Serowe North Constituency is causing confusion. The party want only me to contest under BPF not my council candidates. It is not fair.” He said moving to BPF leaving council candidates will mean a loss to him in 2019 general elections as his electorates will lose trust on him and vote for another candidate.

The former Minister of Defence, Justice and Security claimed that when he visited Serule, Gojwane, Topisi, Paje Tshimoyapula while on campaign, the resident told him that since BPF  denied their residents to contest under the party they are not going to vote for the party, and urged him to remain independent.

Seretse indicated that during the feud between Lt Gen Ian Khama and his successor President Mokgwetsi Masisi, Khama told him that during 2019 general elections he is going to influence his followers to vote for UDC, but he advised him to form a new party. “I, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Foster Seretse, Prince Moitoi and Mojakgomo [Ronald] were the first people to help form the party and Dr Moitoi drafted the party constitution,’’ he said.

‘’I had an influential voice during Kanye to cancel elective congress. I was surprised when the party decided again to hold it in Palapye. Khama did the biggest mistake to let the party hold elective congress before general elections as I advised him.”
Seretse is of the view that the BPF leadership is causing confusion and that they do not respect electorates.

“They take decision without consulting them [members] as they have concluded to field Serowe North Parliamentary candidate, Baratiwa Mathoothe without consulting the constituents. This is going to give BDP a chance to win the constituency due to split of votes,” he said.
He expressed displeasure that BPF leadership is using Khama, saying they only make decisions without consultation on the basis that wherever BPF is contesting, it is going to win because of Khama.

According to Seretse, BPF decided to discuss other issues with other opposition parties at the exclusion independent candidates who are supporting Khama. He pointed out that Khama trust him very well, revealing that he is the one who recruited him to politics in 2003.
After winning general elections in 2004, former President Festus Mogae appointed him Minister of Lands and Housing. During Khama’s term he served as Minister of Defence, Justice and Security.

Even after losing 2014 general elections, Seretse said Khama wanted to appoint him Specially Elected MP but he declined. Seretse, who is cousin to Khama also stated that the latter offered him the leadership of a commission in Lesotho, but again he declined to take-up the post. Seretse, who was once considered heir to Khama’s presidency, said it will be not surprising for Khama to offer him support even if when he is not contesting under BPF because he has trust on him.

Information gathered suggest that Seretse became a target for opposing elective congress in Kanye. In response, his detractors in the BPF are contemplating fielding a candidate but the party will not do the same with Prince Maele, who is also contesting as an independent candidate. A highly placed source from BPF said BPF Deputy Treasurer Robert Maribe who is BPF council candidate in Motetshwane Ward in Serowe North has vowed to de-campaign Seretse for opposing elective congress in Kanye.

WeekendPost has been informed that Maribe is going around the ward telling electorates that they should not vote for council independent candidate, Mojakgomo and Seretse because they are still linked with BDP and are not members of BPF. According to informants, this has caused confusion as older people were of the understanding that they are voting for both independent candidates who supports Khama and who they are sure that they are going to join BPF after general elections.

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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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