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Molutsi breaks silence on his HRDC Exit

Outgoing Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) boss, Dr. Patrick Molutsi has cleared the air surrounding his alleged forced exit from his position as Chief Executive Officer of HRDC, a position he relinquishes in a week’s time – that is on 31st March.

Molutsi who has been heading HRDC as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since his contract expired last year said that he had actually offered to leave his post as he had already reached retirement age.

“I expressed my wish to leave to the board because I want to do my own things before I grow old.” He added that, “I indicated to them that I want my retirement package and also left them the option that I can always come back to work with them on a short contract basis as a consultant.”

He then rhetorically asked, “If they then agree to release you how can you complain?”

This notwithstanding, he in the same breadth leaves open ended, the question of whether his exit was engineered by politically connected interests vying for his position, “But I cannot say I’m  sure whether my exit was not engineered.”

He is also of the view that it makes hard to believe as all the while it has been known by his principals and all where his political soul lay.

Molutsi came to land his position by applying for it in 2003 out of Sweden where he was based and clinched the top job at the then Tertiary Education Council (TEC) before it was merged into the current HRDC in 2013.

Molutsi who has been linked to the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) also said that looking into the future, he cannot say whether or not he will actively join politics as he had not given it a thorough thought and that his intention is to take things lightly in his retirement.

It has also been reported that he is the victim of a ruling party purge on chief executives suspected of opposition party leanings that is said to have claimed the scalp of former Motor Vehicle Accident fund (MVA) boss Cross Kgosidiile, who was pushed into the realm of the unemployed under vague terms.

Molutsi leaves behind an ambitious and futuristic higher education blueprint which will mostly bear fruit after he is long gone.

According to him, in order for higher education to be flexible and for the labour supply/demand gap to be closed they have instituted a credit based platform that will allow students to easily switch schools such a moving from the University of Botswana (UB) to Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) vice versa, without disrupting their levels of study.

He said that as is currently the case, where finishing a Diploma qualification takes 12 credits in three years, the new system will be such that if a student can finish all their credits in one year they will get their Diploma qualification as is the case in foreign parts of the world. “It is no longer about the number of years and bright eyed students will no longer be held in bondage by the program,” he said.

Furthermore, he highlighted as expensive the model in which education trainees have been taking six years to complete their Degree qualification. The model has been such that the trainees spend three years to finish their Diploma’s at Colleges of Education and then proceed to the University of Botswana where they spend another three years on their Degree program. Molutsi reproved that, “It is very expensive in the production of labour force and it doesn’t need six years for a Degree but unfortunately it takes time to be appreciated by policy makers.”

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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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