South-East district council (SEDC) Chairperson Phenyo Segokgo has said it made sense for him to stick with the Botswana Movement of Democracy (BMD) following consensus with other councilors that his ward could only be bagged under the BMD.
The former BMD youth league president said this week that after months of speculation and a series of consultations with councillors and stakeholders in the districts he has decided to retrace his steps back to the BMD – which expelled him with seven others last year. “I have been consulting the whole district for the past three months and honestly there is no consensus pertaining to the issue and we met with councillors last week and we all agreed in principle that this is a BMD ward,” he told this publication this week.
There have been reports linking the youthful chairman to either Botswana Congress Party (BCP) or the Botswana National Front (BNF). However following consultations, it was resolved that Sefoke ward in Tlokweng, where Segokgo is ward councillor, is a BMD stronghold. “If they said it is BNF I would have joined it, likewise if they would have said BCP. The fundamental thing is to continue representing my party and Sefoke residents at council so that is how we arrived at that decision,” he clarified.
Despite this excitement, Segokgo may be forced to look for a new political home after February, post the UDC congress in Moshopa. “Remember I was expelled from the BMD so the ward has been placed under dispute to be resolved on the 24th of February at the UDC congress. Until then I cannot make any move to avoid the risk of not contesting the 2019 general elections,” he said.
He added that: “Yes sir we are just waiting for the congress, we are in constant talks. We held meetings with all UDC leaders on this matter,” he said when asked if it is promising that the impasse will be resolved and what would happen should the suspension be upheld. Segokgo was among the seven suspended BMD members, including president Ndaba Gaolathe and vice president Wynter Mmolotsi. The suspended members belonged to a group, called the Ndaba/Mmolotsi faction.
BMD chairperson, Nehemiah Modubule and secretary general, Gilbert Mangole led the other faction, which spearheaded the suspensions of Ndaba’s team. They were slapped with eight charges including insubordination, sowing seeds of division and bringing the party into disrepute.
The group he was suspended and subsequently expelled with from the BMD went on to form Alliance for Progressives (AP), but is he not considering joining his ‘allies’? “No I’m not joining the AP, the only party that can perform better is a party within the UDC-united front, without that I don’t think they will perform better,” he posited.
The Tlokweng native who apart from opposition parties was linked with the ruling BDP says he is not joining the BDP and he is happy with the UDC. BDP just like other parties had shown interest in the young politician to the extent that he was promised an ambassadorial post in Belgium, according to media reports.
Segokgo’s worth as a politician cannot be underestimated. He was unopposed for the position of the district chairmanship and has since then prioritized his district over his individual needs. He strongly advocates for plot allocation for the indigenous people in his area.
The BMD last year accused the suspended members of defying the party’s national working committee (NWC) decision, which directed them not to attend the BMD Youth League congress, which was held in Ramotswa in April. In fact, most of the eight charges were bordering on the activities of the Ramotswa congress which was not sanctioned by the party authorities.
Meanwhile BMD spokesperson, Rasina Rasina issued a statement on Thursday stating that though the issue of Primary Elections in the BMD has been escalated to the National Executive Committee (NEC) that will statutorily meet this coming Sunday (21st Janury 2018) in Molepolole to make final determinations on.
He said the BMD leadership will first communicate to the structures and, after final decisions have been made, Constituencies and Wards that shall go for primary elections and those that consensus candidates have and or will have been agreed will be communicated with.
“The BMD will then, secondly, issue a writ with respect to Constituencies and Wards where a consensus candidate(s) will and or has not been agreed by respective branches. The BMD leadership not only continues to prepare for 2019 General Elections in its 14 UDC given Constituencies but also in Wards of agreed incumbency and Wards that have been and those that will be shared with other UDC contracting partners on the agreed 40/60 principle,” he wrote.
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.