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Masisi shakes cabinet again

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has fired Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry and Tati West Biggie Butale from cabinet. Butale was expelled together with Patrick Ralotsia, Minister of Agricultural Development, and Food Security and Kanye North law maker. Masisi has made three cabinet reshuffles since ascending to office over a year ago.

In this week’s reshuffle, he also appointed his successor at Moshupa/Manyana constituency, Karabo Socraat Gare, to the position of Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry. A long time back bencher Sethomo Lelatisitswe was also appointed Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness. Moiseraele Master Goya has been transferred and appointed Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry.

Reactions to the appointments:

Karabo Gare: “I didn’t expect it. So it’s coming with mixed feelings. I don’t know whether it’s good for me or not. I need to be visible in Moshupa/Manyana and interact with electorates. We have four months until the General Elections. But the four months is actually a lot of time. I must do utmost best. I might bring something new that would change this country. I need some time to appreciate basic processes of the ministry. This Ministry is the cock-wheel to diversifying the economy. Main points of focus;

Diversify the economy

Find ways of attracting Foreign Investors into the country

Come up with initiatives that will re-kindle the manufacturing sector, the only sector in any country that creates many jobs

Maximum utilization of locally available raw materials

On reports that he was favoured into the cabinet post as he is seen as Masisi’s blue eyed boy he responded “I can’t speak on behalf of H.E. Appointment of cabinet is his prerogative. There is no line to appointments, so I did not skip anyone as some want to put it. It happens every presidency. It has happened before and not starting by me.”

Fidelis Molao: “I am afraid. Naturally I am happy with the show of confidence from the president. It is a mammoth task placed before me looking at the Agricultural sector. It’s a huge task but I believe, with my time in government and politics, I will be able to shape up. And be equal to the task. I am also busy campaigning for re-election and I also have to keep up with the ministerial position. I believe appointing authority saw potential in me. I will get support from farmers, from the Ministry, from the entire populace as well as from the president himself.”
When asked if he was roped in to also become Masisi’s inner circle he answered: “All my life in the BDP I have never seen myself on imaginary talked about factions. I believe factions are imaginary and I am not of any. I see beyond temporary factions if any. I always support party programmes and the leadership.”

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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
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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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