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Venson-Moitoi invokes Mogae in defence of Khama

Minister for International Affairs and Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has said that President Ian Khama’s no show at African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) summits draws its roots from former President, Festus Mogae’s globetrotting escapades.


Moitoi suggested that Khama’s absenteeism from AU and UN was as a result of him caving in to media pressure and public opinion of the Mogae era. She stated that Khama then decided that since the Mogae administration had a strong pivot toward international affairs, the fourth presidency will be grounded at home, attending to domestic and regional affairs.


“What I would like to remind you of what we were saying during the argument, Rre Mogae used to be called the absent president during his term, so when president Khama came into office, he said, because of Mogae’s stigma, I would pay attention to home and to SADC and I will assign my Vice President to AU and the UN,” Moitoi explained.


She however said that Khama would only attend to continental and world summits that dealt only with environmental issues. Moitoi further conceded that in the election of the AU Commission Chairperson and its Commissioners, it was difficult to explain this concept to other states.


She further defended Khama stating: “Yes my president was not there, but there were people whose presidents were there, they didn’t win either. So the question is, do you win because your president is there? And the answer is clearly no!” She also added: “Maybe it would have helped, but it doesn’t make any difference whether the president was there or not.”


Moitoi who is Member of Parliament for Serowe South constituency further noted that, after viewing the curricula vitae of her opponents she knew hers was competitive and that if it was just about applying for the job, without the politics at play, she could have won. “It had nothing to do with who the best person was; it was who the politics wanted on the day. I have absolutely no regrets and I have learnt a lot,” she reiterated.


Moitoi also highlighted that, the country would not be affected by the statement that states would now be represented by either vice presidents or prime ministers, as stated by new chairperson of the bloc, Moussa Faki Mahamat. According to Moitoi, the belief that her loss was due to Khama’s absence at AU was a mere excuse put forth by other African states to undermine her candidacy.  


“If you studied the politics at AU this time around you will understand the reasons for the vote, so the fact that President Khama was not there had nothing to do with how they voted, they had to find an excuse. They didn’t have any reason to reject us.” Moitoi also blamed the media for influencing the Khama administration’s diplomatic thinking, stating that: “what you portray as the media is what the world knows of us. We are in this together and it always comes back to bite all of us.”


She further continued: “The problem with explaining it is that you knew at home why he didn’t go, because the former president was always away. You (media) even parodied the situation by drawing Mogae in the newspapers.” Moitoi also said that when the next leader changes approach, the media will still complain.


“I’m sorry, but we have to make up our minds. Sometimes we confuse ourselves and our leaders. Something is going to crash, somewhere. I don’t blame him (Khama) and as far as I’m concerned I qualified for the job.” She also stated that they were caught in a catch 22 situation because; even if Khama had attended the election, “they would have said he has come this time around because his candidate was contesting.”


Moitoi reiterated that Khama was in full support of her candidacy saying that she continued earning her salary and had another cabinet minister acting in her place. She also stated that even though she had not been availed direct cash to fund her campaign, the government sponsored her official continental assignments which she also used to campaign. She also revealed that Botswana does not have a blueprint for financing Batswana who step up for international contests.


“We didn’t have it and it was very difficult to craft it when I was the candidate. It would have looked wrong because it would have looked like I was tailor-making it for myself. The next day you were going to write (media) that the blueprint was crafted because I was contesting.” Moitoi also confirmed that she will be standing down when her term ends in 2019 and she will be approaching her future with an open mind. However, when asked about Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe’s comments on her defeat, she stated:


“Rre Mugabe le tautona wa rona ke motho le rraagwe ba na le go gakololana ka fa ba gakollanang ka teng,jaanong ga ke tsene thata mo go tsone. Yo mongwe o a bo a utlwisitswe ke yo mongwe botlhoko a bo a mo tika ka lefoko.” Loosely translated she said,” Mugabe and our president are like father and son so I’m not going to comment on that .They have ways through which they advise each other. The other will lob a harsh word when aggrieved by another.” She said seemingly referring to Mugabe.

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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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