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Kaone Aaron: Against all odds

When life reached a point where the unimaginable began to happen, that is when he had to take a rough-patched route of life and learn to survive against all odds. Kaone Theo Aaron has detailed out his life trajectory in a book titled, ‘Life of an anointed Orphan’. He reveals how witnessing the murder of his mother ushered him to unexpected life experiences.

Aaron is a 23-year-old who is self-driven, God fearing and loving. He graduated in October this year with a Degree in BCom Real Estate, from Ba Isago University College. He was born and raised in Francistown and he has one little brother Kopo Aaron who is 21. Speaking to WeekendLife, Aaron shared that the book was written by the Holy Spirit through him in order to change lives, to give hope to the hopeless, strengthen people’s faith, to help fight depression as well as raise a community that can think and fend for themselves.

He explained that growing up was tough to an extent that he got depressed and tried committing suicide during his Form 5 examinations. “Through it all I never stopped praying I knew God was listening, so the bible made me strong which gave me strength to fight for a better life,” he said. When he came up with the book, he wanted people to realise that not everyone will cry for help to the Government and get answers therefore it is better people work and take care of themselves.

“You are struggling for a reason so that when God starts blessing you no one will deny it so patience, prayer and faith are the keys to our success,” he explained. He envisions a movie of the book and going forward he will be hosting motivational seminars in schools and the community. Aaron highlighted that what made him turn to God was the fact that God held him in tough circumstances. “God healed my stage one brain cancer, gave me a degree in Real Estate God also sent people to donate money to print more copies and covered the book launch,” he said.

Snippets of his story

His stepfather abused his mother, him and his young brother and would use any tool to hit the mother in their presence.

Age 11 (3years later)

His mother got stabbed and killed by his stepfather, as he watched her in a pool of blood slowly leaving earth, tears escaped his eyes as he shook her asking in a desperate plea to have her back.

Age 12

He was registered as an Orphan under the care of his grandmother. “I received uniforms and food, but do I enjoy being called an Orphan? No! things are getting tough,” he lamented.

Age 14

He loses the grandmother who was their guardian.

Age 15

His Aunt becomes the guardian and takes everything they owned from property to what they were given by government. Her children became her priority. “They were kings eating dinner at the table and we were slaves picking the food droplets under the table. Food bought with our money. I slowly cry in prayer,” he lamented.

Age 16

Life got even harder as he how he was struck with depression while writing my form 3 examination. “I had no shoes and uniform to go and write, i borrowed from my neighbour because school was double shift. I failed and got a C. She does not care, she got our money from the Government that is wat mattered to her,” Aaron highlighted.

Age 17

“I ran away from home and moved to a better half Aunt. Although she was welcoming, she did not have enough as she had other kids to look after,” he explained.

Age 18

Financially it got tougher, sometimes as she does not have money to finance my taxi fare. “I felt suicidal while exams await, she motivated me. I tried my best and I failed form 5…..i did not lose hope i still cried in prayer,” he said.

Age 19

While applying to re write, the government gave him a chance to study for a degree. His 1st year he resided with his other aunt where he was chased and the same happened when he went to his cousin. So, he had to rent out and live in an empty room.

Age 20 onwards

“My 1.420 is for food and rent and struggled to buy toiletry and with money for assignments. Around 15 till allowance I went without food, during this time I felt did not deserve to live,” he said.

Age 23

He survived brain cancer and he graduated with a degree in Real Estate.  He grew smarter and achieved a lot and his dreams are fulfilled.

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.

According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.

“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.

The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.

Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.

“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’

They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.

In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.

UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.

The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.

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