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AP captures UDC lawyers

As the war of words rages on between the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) sympathizers and the supporters of the newly former Alliance for Progressives (AP), the plot is now thickening. UDC insiders are concerned that the bigger plan of the Alliance for Progressives is to malign UDC leader, Duma Boko and present him as a man unfit to lead and later exhibit their posterboy Ndaba Gaolathe as the liberator.

UDC insders are said to be taking keen interest on who is linked to the Alliance for Progressives and who has joined. While the Alliance for Progressives are said to be afraid that taking on the UDC could be akin to moving a mountain, they are convinced that they could explore legal loopholes that could unsettle and rattle the UDC, especially using the disgruntled Botswana People’s Party (BPP).

The BPP has made it clear that it will not be part of a UDC that has the Botswana Congress Party (BPP). The BPP has been very cozy with Ndaba Gaolathe’s faction from the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) days. According to some sources close to UDC insiders, there are fears that there is a plot aimed at distablising the UDC and AP assuming the status of the “serious alternative” forcing some unhappy sections of the UDC contracting parties except the BMD to force their leaders to consider the Alliance for Progressives as a viable route out of the chaotic UDC.

Already the Alliance for Progressives has captured the unofficial Council of Elders of the UDC and recently the Botswana National Front (BNF) Youth League President made headlines after he joined the Alliance for Progressives trashing UDC leader, Duma Boko’s leadership credentials in the process. UDC inner circle is concerned that those sympathetic to Ndaba Gaolathe within the BNF will be used to cause discontent to push the objectives of the new party.

They believe the grand plan which is supported by some in the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) and some business people who have been supporting the UDC project is to propel Ndaba Gaolathe to the leadership of a “new arrangement of a coalition”.A group of lawyers were seen in Lobatse this past week, these lawyers appear to share the commonality of their outspokenness in political matters. Some in the UDC inner circle were concerned that the meeting of these lawyers who are speculated to be sympathetic to Ndaba Gaolathe further sparked fears that they could be “exploring” gaps that they could employ to unsettle the UDC.

Tshiamo Rantao, a BNF activist in his days is one of the lawyers who were spotted in Lobatse. Although he has an explanation for why he was there, he made it clear that he is sympathetic to Ndaba Gaolathe. Asked for a comment Rantao said he never undertaken an official meeting with any representative of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and newly formed Alliance for Progressives (AP) thus far.

He clarified that while at Lobatse this week, he was only attending a series of court cases involving, and which he acted on behalf of, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana and Sunday Standard newspaper. While at Lobatse, he said, he together with other esteemed attorney Dick Bayford and another Counsel only known as Phuthego had lunch at Cumberland Hotel where they discussed the political landscape of the country at length but casually and just on a personal level.

Rantao said they equally expressed concern like other Batswana who are worried particularly in relation to the infightings within the opposition ranks. He highlighted that while personally he sympathizes with Ndaba’s AP, he is not politically active and he has not even met, at least so far, with any AP or worse still UDC representatives following the break-away of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD)’s Ndaba faction to form AP.  

Meanwhile the Alliance for Progressives will be officially launched on 28th October this year and it is at this event that a list of its supporters and well-wishers will be revealed. At the weekend in Francistown AP Vice President Wynter Mmolotsi made telling statements when he shared that the best that other UDC parties can do would be to emulate the AP by quitting the UDC then form their own coalition without the Sidney Pilane led BMD if they want progress.

“Pilane took his time strategically planning to destroy opposition parties. His initial target was to destroy the BMD and he has achieved his mandate. Now he is going for the UDC. He has already started the process of destroying the UDC,” explained the Francistown South lawmaker. Alliance for Progressives (AP) is expected to launch in Gaborone at Baisago University on October 28 this year. The party will officially launch its logo and party colors on October 14. Purple will be the primary colour of the AP while navy blue and white will be the secondary colours. Mmolotsi further advised that the UDC leadership might end up having to form a new coalition without Pilane and BMD.

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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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