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Lotlaamoreng heads to BDP

Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) Member of Parliament (MP) Good Hope Mabule and Barolong paramount Chief Lotlaamoreng Montshioa II is on his way to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Weekend Post has it on good authority that Lotlaamoreng has been promised an ambassadorial position and undisclosed huge sums of cash. The Barolong Kgosi was recruited by the BDP Chairman and Vice President Slumber Tsogwane as well as BDP candidate for Good Hope Mabule and Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Eric Molale. Confidential phone call audios passed to Weekend Post by highly placed sources indicate that all stakes are high for “Tholo” to follow the party in the next few days.

In the clip, Lotlaamoreng confirmed having “met with Slumber Tsogwane who promised him all that as well as his former contender, Molale.” Speaking with his associates during brief consultation, Lotlaamoreng seems all set to join the ruling party. “Yes, I am joining the BDP. They say they are rewarding me with the ambassadorship position. I am telling you.” He added: “Gape ba rile ke nne ke tlhola ka fa tlase ga dustbin gore a ga ise ba beye sepe teng” loosely translated as “they (BDP) said I should keep on checking under the dustbin to see if they haven’t put something (cash) up there for me as promised.”

Some believe that possibly they want to expose him, Maele style, the same way in which legislator for Lerala/Maunatlala’s home dust bin was found last year with hard cash amounting to P50 000 by the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). It is still unclear as to who put the cash there and for what purposes.

This publication can confirm that Lotlaamoreng had this week informed some of his trusted lieutenants in the constituency and also informed the Umbrella for Democratic Change top politburo including spokesperson Moeti Mohwasa about his imminent departure. It is understood that by 4pm yesterday (Friday), Lotlaamoreng was supposed to meet with some unidentified officials at the Office of the President.

According to the clip, Lotlaamoreng is also expected to fly in the same aircraft with the BDP Chairman and Vice President Tsogwane who is being launched this weekend (Sunday) at Rakops, Boteti West constituency. Indications suggest that the ex-Good Hope Mabule law maker will also be officially welcomed into the BDP fold at the event. At the time of going to press, some concerned UDC members however has told him not to join the BDP but the one time law maker sounded adamant to do go ahead, despite an opposition from some of his inner circle.

In the clip, some of his inner circle reminded him how the party dumped one Robert Molefabangwe after recruiting him into the party with loads of promises as well, most of which did not materialise. Reached for a comment, UDC Spokesperson Mohwasa claimed ignorant of his imminent departure. He however confirmed that indeed the BDP have been talking to Lotlaamoreng for a long time and therefore it would not be surprising: “there are on a desperate move,” he stated. Lotlaamoreng will not contest the 2019 general elections, having paved way for UDC’s Dr Patrick Mmulutsi to battle it out with BDP’s Eric Molale.

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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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