Bangwaketse tribesmen have yesterday [Friday] distanced themselves from partisan politics especially Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and former President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
This comes after close to 12 herd men last week Saturday met Khama and some BPF high ranking officials at Maharaj in Gaborone. The tribal leaders who came to Gaborone in a combi say they were tricked by one of their own who said Kgosikgolo [paramount chief] arranged a lunch for them. The thought by the headmen was that Kgosikgolo referred to was Kgosi Malope of Bangwaketse. But to their surprise they learnt while enroute to Gaborone that they were to meet Bangwato paramount chief Lt Gen Ian Khama.
Although the deputy paramount chief Kgosi Telekelo did not furnish Bangwaketse with information concerning those who thronged the meeting yesterday, information reaching this publication is that, at the luncheon there was a deal proposed to the tribesman. “The deal was for each Kgosi to bring a sizeable number of their subjects to the BPF launch, with the Khama promising them a certain amount,” one headman told this publication on the sidelines of the meeting.
It is said after learning about this bromance the tribal leadership comprised mostly of senior members of the tribe convened a meeting to understand the cause. On Thursday this week, sources say was the day when the perpetrators faced the leadership to explain what happened. “The long and short side of the story is our headman were tricked. They thought they were going to meet Malope but they met someone different and we have reprimanded them and we plead with some of you not to dare do the same. As Bogosi we are not supposed to be partisan,” Kgosi Telekelo told the tribe who came in satisfying numbers.
The meeting however did not say anything regarding today’s BPF launch as they said they do not want to entertain any partisan conversation. BPF is having its inaugural congress in Kanye today, where it will among others unveil its colours and slogan as well as election of the leadership.
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.
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.
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.