The Office of the President (OP) has this week given the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) a go ahead to institute investigations against former President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
The DCEC had earlier written to the Office of President (OP) requesting permission to summon Khama to come before their office for questioning regarding some questionable transactions linked to his personal benefit. In response, impeccable sources indicate that OP informed DCEC that “it does not need permission from OP as it has the power to investigate any other person.” DCEC Director General, Brigadier Joseph Mathambo, who spoke to this publication on Friday (yesterday) could not confirm or deny that, the crime busting agency has initiated investigations against Khama.
This publication is aware that the DCEC communiqué to OP was made when President Khama was away in South Africa. He was expected to report to the directorate upon arrival. The monies in question were taken on different occasions, from different accounts and for different purposes. The information gathered by the DCEC according to sources in the security intelligence is that, “The sum of P106m was used to buy vehicles for the former president and three of his politician friends sometime in 2017.” WeekendPost was however not able to uncover the specific account in which the said money was taken from at the time of going to press.
“There is a suggestion that there could be P400, 000 from National Petroleum Fund (NPF) allegedly used to buy Khama a caravan, and P250, 000 could have been used for renovation of his retirement home in October 2017. The DCEC wants to check this allegations.” The money was allegedly received from businessman Bakang Seretse who is currently before court with nine others for allegedly running a racketeering scheme, to defraud government of P320m in 2017.
It is reported that the money has been used partly to purchase seven vehicles (trucks), but part of the money remain unaccounted for. The DCEC has reportedly made contact with one suspected beneficiary (known to this publication), who has since told the agency that he returned the money which was given to them. The suspect is reported to have benefited P200 000.
When contacted for comment on Thursday, Khama distanced himself from all the allegations against him and even denied recipient of the said letter. On the issue of P110m, his response was, “How can someone take that large sum in a space of a year? At least they should have said P2m. And if this happened in 2017 as they allege, what were they doing in 2018? Why now? Khama asked. On the NPF saga, Khama said, “I haven’t had any dealings with the NPF. I haven’t received any money from NPF. Bakang has not given me any monies.”
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.