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Parks Tafa to step down at Collins Newman

Parks Tafa, the managing partner at Collins Newman and Company (CNC) legal firm has announced that he and the current leadership at the premier firm will stand down in a period of about two years.

Said Tafa: “I am sure that Collins Newman beyond Neil Armstrong and I there is another layer of leadership that’s coming up and hopefully soon we will be announcing the new layer of leadership maybe at the end of the year, beginning of 2017 maybe 2018.But seriously a layer of the next leadership of the firm.”

Tafa currently leads the firm with attorney Neil Armstrong and they look set to stand down from the firm together. The firm recently saw the departure of another senior managing partner and corporate lawyer, Rizwan Desai who left with some of Collins Newman employees, to start own firm.

Desai is also chairman of the board of directors of Barclays Bank Botswana and was previously chairman of the board of Botswana Stock Exchange.

Tafa himself has had board appointments as chairman of the board of directors of University of Botswana Council, Wilderness Holdings Limited as well as chair of the board of Stanbic Bank of Botswana limited.

Both men’s curricula vitae indicate that they have in recent years presided over billions of dollars’ worth of business transactions including mergers, purchases and procurements, syndicated financings, acquisitions of assets and stock exchange listings among others.

The Harvard educated Desai has been in practice in Botswana for the past 19 years and was a partner in CNC for 16 years.

The reason for the split between Tafa and Desai was said to be that Tafa was not keen to relinquish control of the firm to Desai, even though he was away for extended periods of time due to ill health.

Tafa had been absent from the firm for an aggregate period of nine months after undergoing a lumbar spinal fusion operation in London.

He joined the firm fresh out of University of Botswana law school and has been with CNC for the past 25 years and has been and full equity partner of the same firm for over 20 years. He is currently the longest serving legal mind in CNC.

CNC has operated as a law firm since 1977 and its clientele include President Ian Khama, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) as clients, among a list of the country’s statutory bodies and multinational corporations.

Tafa also has strong BDP links has in the past admitted to having, “served as an advisor to the past three presidents of Botswana in various regulatory matters and I am frequently consulted by various spheres of government.”

Some of those who will salivate for the leadership CNC as decades wear off include former President Festus Mogae’s youngest daughter, Boikaego Mogae who joined the firm in 2012.


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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021

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 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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