The Wayeyi tribe is bracing itself for a chieftainship standoff as the community is deeply divided as to who should be their Kgosi after failing to coronate their paramount chief more than once.
As it stands the tribe is under the leadership of Jacob Pitoro Seedisa who took over from Kgosi Fish Ozoo who passed on early last year. The tribe together with the Wayeyi tribal council is split into two, with some pushing for the incumbent to remain on the throne while others want tribal coordinator Lydia Ramahobo-Saleshando to be their Chief.
Originally the chieftainship of the tribe has been from the three families of Mathwara, Hankuzi and Xonku. The incumbent, Seedisa originates from one of the families while Saleshando is not from any of them. Those who oppose her installation do so in that basis. The divisions from the tribal headquarters in Gumare are said to be rife to the point that even the tribal council is divided with some members having gone to the extent of resigning from the council. There is an unhappy lot that believes Seedisa as the incumbent, should remain as Kgosi since he originates from the royal family while on the other hand others are challenging the constitutionality of the chieftainship revolving around only the three families.
“The idea has all along been that the tribal council chooses the best from the three families on rotational basis to be the Chief who would be able to represent their interest first and that is where they clash. Because if you look at Saleshando she has fought gallantly for our recognition and she is a smart lady who cannot be intimidated to defend the interest of the tribe, but she is not in the royal circle,” a source from the tribe revealed on Thursday evening in a telephone interview.
Already the three family system is questioned as part of the morafe wants the chief to be voted just like in other tribes, but those against it, argue that Wayeyi is a major tribe therefore they don’t have to vote for their chief as it is born. “We are a recognized tribe, look at the trend, there is no where you would see for example Bangwato ba thopha Kgosi [Bangwato voting for their Kgosi], it is born not voted,” a source from the other faction stated.
The newly endorsed Wayeyi Chieftainship Council Chairperson Daniel Samsosasin could not be drawn into discussing details of the matter. “The committee has recently been dissolved, I was assisting the former Chairman and we are yet to meet,” he said. He further added, “I am not aware of such because like I said I have just taken over. If anything it would be discussed at the meeting which for now we are yet to decide the date,” he stated when asked about the intentions of Saleshando to take over the chieftaincy.
The legality of the way the Wayeyi Chief is being elected was once raised but pushed under the carpet after the death of Kgosi Ozoo last year. “But now tables have turned everyone who wants the seat is out there and we expect even the incumbent to raise his hand, it will be up to the morafe to see who is their best candidate,” another coordinator of the Wayeyi tribe revealed to this paper. Efforts to engage Saleshando were futile at the time of going to press her cellphone rang unanswered. Text messages sent to her had also not been responded to at press time.
Bayeyi who were recognized last year are demanding territorial integrity and their own land board encompassing Okavango to Boteti, a factor which is believed to have influenced the then Minister of Local government and Rural Development Slumber Tsogwane to block their sovereignty. The main reason why Bayei wanted to have a recognized chief and tribe is to enjoy linguistic and cultural rights not enjoyed by non-recognized tribes. Among these are access to the institution of chieftaincy, permanent membership to Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, group rights to land, territorial and ethnic identity, a celebration of one’s culture in the public domain and the use of one’s language in education and the media.
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.
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.
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.