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Masisi turns rule book on Kokorwe

In his continued effort to stamp his authority President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has taken aim at Speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe, a very close ally of former President Lt Gen Ian Khama in his declaration of applying the law to the letter.
 

The Director of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Brigadier Peter Magosi wrote through the National Assembly Clerk withdrawing some members of the DIS who were deployed as guards to the Speaker with immediate effect. While it is not provided for in the Green Book, former President Khama had decided to deploy agents to man the Speaker of the National Assembly’s security after an unfortunate event in 2016 when some Members of Parliament were found to be in possession of weapons during a parliament session. The former President was of the view that the safety of the Speaker was compromised. 

He then recommended and deployed six members of the DIS to safeguard the Speaker and also double as chauffeurs. The six worked on shifts but they would add numbers when there is a function. Meanwhile it is alleged a recent visit by Khama to Gladys Kokorwe who is on sick leave at her Tapologo Farms near Ramaphatle has invited the fury of President Dr Masisi. Khama and Kokorwe are said to have enjoyed good relations during Kokorwe’s era in politics and later appointed her Speaker of the National Assembly.

It alleged that during his visit to Kokorwe’s farm former President Khama proposed to Kokorwe to take up the Chairmanship of the National Housing Appeal a position Kokorwe did not refuse but later declined looking at the recent feud between Masisi and Khama that was reported in the newspapers. It is alleged that President Masisi later knew about the meeting and did not take it kindly. Sources close to the president said Masisi was very furious about the developments and directed that DIS agents deployed at Kokorwe be withdrawn with immediate effect. 

“A letter withdrawing the said staff was read to Kokorwe on her sick bed by the clerk and the following day she was left with only one staff member who is still waiting for Kokorwe’s driver to report for duty on Monday before leaving. Kokorwe who refused to comment on the matter owing to her ill health told WeekendPost that she is still the Speaker of the national Assembly and will soon resume duty after her sick leave. When further pressed about Khama’s proposal Kokorwe said at the moment she is still busy but will be free to do whatever she likes after stepping down next year October and to attend to whatever political party she likes.

“As much as I know, we have never had differences with Masisi, he is my President and Khama is my friend”, she said. Kokorwe is also passionate about humanitarian work and helping vulnerable people within the society, a work Khama is doing. Kokorwe has held the position of Deputy Speaker, assisting Patrick Balopi before being appointed Botswana’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe. When she was appointed in 2014 Gladys Kokorwe made it very clear that she will only serve one term.

Having been active in politics for 25 years, Kokorwe had to remain neutral after being appointed Speaker. Standing Order no. 5.1b states that the role of a speaker shall be to preside with complete impartiality over parliamentary debates. He/ She shall protect the freedom of speech and debate in the national assembly and its committees. 

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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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