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New comers eclipse BDP veterans

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) President Mokgweetsi Masisi has dropped Deputy Secretary General aspirant, Roseline Panzirah-Matshome from the Publicity and International Relations Sub-Committee, in a move believed to be purging of political rivals.

Masisi has made his intentions clear that he will not tolerate working with his political rivals when he dropped Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi from cabinet, two days after she announced her intention to challenge Masisi for the party presidency this year. In the development, long serving members have been replaced with newbies as party reconfigured its sub-committee. The party which is still trying to find reconciliation of some sort, this week reshuffled its National Strategy, Communications and International Relations Sub Committee.

The appointments of the committee according to some party members are more likely to polarise the already fragmented party rather than bringing unity. In a statement the party says; “be informed that the National Strategy, Communications and International Relations Sub Committees have been reconfigured to become National Strategy, Communications and International Relations Sub Committee.” This, the party says, is to harmonize the strategic thinking dissemination of information and management of international relations with fraternal partners as the party readies for elections.

It is believed the party decision was targeting Roseline Panzirah-Matshome who is currently a special elected councillor in the South East District Council. Matshome has been serving in the BDP communications committee for a while now. Weeks after declaring her intentions to contest for the BDP National Executive Committee position as Deputy Secretary General (DSG) she finds herself sacked from her previous duties within the party structure.

“I regret to inform you that you have not been retained as part of the new dispensation. I thank you sincerely for your contribution and hope you will continue to serve the party well,” reads a letter to Matshome signed by Masisi. This, observers say, it is a sign that the Masisi faction is on a war path and would do everything possible to eliminate whoever wants to fight against the current leadership.

The energetic Matshome has been one of the party un-matched activists, but hell broke loose when the party Secretary General Mpho Balopi allegedly sabotaged her trip to China and the fallout became irreconcilable. Panzirah-Matshome is a well-known ally of Samson Guma, and has been fighting on the corner of the latter ever since he was overlooked for the party chairmanship in favour of Slumber Tsogwane. It is believed that, Panzirah-Matshome, believes Guma’s ambitious were sabotage by among others Mpho Balopi.

Guma has declared that he will contest for the position of secretary general in the July Congress. Not only did Panzirah-Matshome suffer demotion, long-time Chairman of Communications and International Relations Committee, Fish Pabalinga has also been demoted to an ordinary member. Kagelelo Kentse who joined from Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has been roped in and is chairing the sub-committee just after a short stint with the party.

It is not clear as to how Pabalinga was ejected from the chairmanship, however, some sources within Tsholetsa House posits that Balopi could be somehow played a pivotal role as to who gets appointment because “they are business rivals and elevating them to such positions could be suicidal to him.” While the members are not coming out to air their opinions on the latest developments, observers say this has the potential to exacerbate divisions within the party.

This, it is said to be a time ticking bomb for the party as the disgruntled members could do everything possible to sabotage whatever the party wants to achieve. The party members have always been warned about these appointments as they are more likely to bring more harm to the party. The elevation of former BCP MP Bagalatia Arone to cabinet has left a number of party MPs wagging their tongues with some confronting Masisi over the decision. Other new recruits earmarked for positions in the party Central Committee or government are Kentse Rammidi and Lotty Manyapedza. Rammidi, who previously served as BDP secretary general re-joined the party in May last year.

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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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