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Bathoen Trust set to release damning audit report

Tempers are expected to flare at the Kanye main kgotla next week Friday as Bathoen II Dam Nature Sanctuary Management Trust (BDNSMT) is set to release its long awaited audit report.

Bathoen II Trust (BDNSMT) board chairman, Basiamang Ramokone stated in a notice to Kanye community members that the Trust will hold the first ever Annual General Meeting (AGM) – where the audit report is expected to be released for introspection by Bangwaketse, who are by virtue of being the tribesmen also members of the Trust.

“Bathoen II Trust will hold its AGM on the 21st of October 2016. It will be held at the Kanye main kgotla starting at 09.00hours,” stated Ramokone in a brief communication.The report has been kept under wraps for some time.

BDNSMT is a brain child of the late visionary Kgosi Bathoen II Gaseitsiwe, and, his grandchild Kgosi Malope II Gaseitsiwe is currently its patron.

Weekend Post has extensively reported on the classified audit report where the Trust was said to be trampling and violating the Deed of Trust – which is the supreme law of the organisation and laid its establishment.

The Deed of Trust, clause 11, provides that the board committee members should hold a General Meeting once every two months with the Bangwaketse public for consultation and reporting Trust business to the general membership.

Clause 11.5 gives other stakeholders such as Kgosi or his representative, Ngwaketse Land Board, Councillor, etc the right to attend all general meetings, and the board, it is said, should extend invitation to other stakeholders.

However, the confidential audit which this publication has seen before says that the calling of the General Meetings, which are supposed to be held at Kanye main kgotla, has not been happening according to availed minutes. 

According to the controversial report, which was prepared by independent auditors, while the trust was established on the 18th December 2001, there are no records to show any elections being held since the establishment of the Trust, as a result some board members have served the trust since 2001, and beyond the stipulated 2 year term of office.

“It is also observable that some board members may have been co-opted as there are no records to show participation of the general members in nominating candidates for election to the board at kgotla meetings,” the audit report pointed out.

It also observed that there are neither minutes nor records which show when the Trust took over Kanye Brigade Development Trust (KBDT) as information gathered through interviews is not consistent as well.

Bathoen II Trust manages exclusive resources such as Mmakgodumo dam, Mmakgodumo farm, English Medium Day Care Centre, Commercial shops, Senior Secondary Schools, Bathoen Birds Sanctuary and many other assets which have not been valued to ascertain their accurate worth.

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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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