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Mother demands P2million for wrongful death of child

The mother of Gorata Keorapetse Keteng, former student at Ledumadumane Community Junior Secondary School is suing the Ministry of Basic Education in the sum of P2 million saying they have caused the death of her child by forcing her to participate in a physical exercise.

The mother, Tolani Keteng is demanding P1 million in damages for grave emotional distress and grief resulting from the death of her child, which death she said was caused by wrongful treatment meted by the teachers on the child in forcing her to exercise when unwell; and another P1 million for emotional trauma and suffering resulting from the wrongful conduct of one Raphael Setlhare, the School Head: Setlhare told her that her child’s death was no special than any other.

The deceased’s mother has through her attorney, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae of Ngakaagae & Company filed a statutory notice to the ministry. He said the child had on the fateful day complained about her health condition but was forced to participate in physical exercise and practice. “The child’s complaints were dismissed on the basis that, ‘ga a lwalwe, o dira bokgarebe’ and that her condition was or could be spiritual,” states the legal documents by Ngakaagae. 

The papers also states that the teachers thereupon realizing that the child was in a critical condition dumped her at her house and neglected to take her to hospital. “The teachers owed the child a duty of care as guardians and failed to discharge such duty in the course of their duties resulting in the death of the child.”

The papers further states that as a result of this, the mother has suffered constant emotional trauma and grief and has known no peace since the death of her child last year. She continually loses sleep and breaks down emotionally according to the papers. The papers further suggests that failure by the ministry to heed the mother’s request for an investigation has meant that she gets no closure and her prolonged exacerbated the grief.

The ministry has in response refuted the allegations. They argue that the deceased was never at any given time forced to participate in any physical exercise and practice and that she never complained about her health condition to the responsible officer.  “Further the allegation of remarks imputed to the School Head is completely incorrect. The School Head, cut his leave short, organized memorial service for the deceased, and requested a bus to transport those interested to attend the funeral.

At all material time, the School Head never uttered any sinister remarks,” stated the Attorney General’s Chambers in the papers, adding that, “We are going to be defending the suit should it be filed with the court.” According to Ngakaagae the child died the same day, just a few hours after the alleged exercise.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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