Candidate for Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) in the looming Tlokweng constituency by-election, Kenneth Masego Segokgo has affirmed that he is confident that he will retain the constituency for his party in 90 days.
The vacancy resulted from the passing of area Member of Parliament (MP), Same Bathobakae in the fall of 2016. Segokgo is the Botswana National Front (BNF) constituency Chairperson and was picked as a result of a compromise between him and Tlokweng Sub District Council Chairperson, Norah Nkwe in December.
Deputy Mayor of Gaborone City Council, Kagiso Tshekega, who has been appointed the campaign coordinator explained to this publication that Nkwe was persuaded to finish her mandate as councilor and Sub District Chairperson, which left Segokgo as the sole candidate. This was after a general council was called in the constituency where activists who wished to step up were requested to submit their names.
Tshekega pointed out that the road to reaching consensus took no more than two weeks. Tshekega also stated that while the area is a natural BNF stronghold, they will not rest on their laurels and as a matter of fact they have already commenced their campaigns. He further noted that the UDC campaign dreads no Botswana Democratic Party candidate and that while they are aware that each of the possible ruling party contenders is different in their own way, they will analyze the successful one carefully.
Segokgo describes himself as having been exhaustively indoctrinated in the politics of BNF that he “cannot begin to draw the line of my first involvement in its politics”. Segokgo is also a close relative to the Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMD) leader and South East District Council Chairperson, Phenyo Segokgo.
In fact, he stated in an exclusive interview with WeekendPost that he considers himself as the younger man’s mentor and that he always rendered advice to him as he climbed the political ladder from his days at University of Botswana (UB). An educationist by profession, Segokgo has spent his entire teaching career in the north eastern city of Francistown where he taught sciences.
Among his muses, the now UDC flagbearer in the constituency, counted social causes such as a national campaign on blood donation which resulted in him being headhunted by the National Blood Transfusion Centre in Gaborone. He further listed grooming learners in student clubs such as the science club and his mentorship of a karate team which he claims won four national championships.
While Segokgo does not boast of a history of student activism or trade union agitation during his time as a student and subsequently as a teacher, he states that he had nevertheless been on the sidelines of the movements of the left all the while. “I did not immerse myself in student politics because at the time I considered my friends as lacking the necessary seriousness,” he admitted.
Segokgo stated that he actively joined politics after the 2014 general election after leaving his job with the National Blood Transfusion Centre but had all along been making private donations to BNF political contenders. He further highlighted that as he seeks to replace a woman candidate, one of the first motions he will table at parliament is to seek to declare the 6th of March as a national holiday as is the case worldwide where Women’s Day is a national holiday.
He reasoned that this would allow women the space to introspect. He further stated that the number one problem afflicting his people that he will tackle if elected is the land question in Tlokweng which he blamed as the main culprit in destabilising the traditional family structure, the porous Tlokweng border which he says bleeds Batlokwa livestock as well as joblessness. Same Bathobakae won the constituency in the 2014 general election defeating MP Olebile Gaborone who won the constituency on a BNF ticket in 2009 but later defected to the ruling BDP.
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.