Member of Parliament (MP) for Mochudi East, Isaac Davids
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Mochudi East, Isaac Davids has called on Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Slumber Tsogwane to apologise to Bakgatla over the ill-treatment of Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela II.
Debating a motion tabled by Francistown West Member of Parliament, Ignatius Moswaane on improvement of Dikgosi’s conditions of service yesterday (Friday), Davids said the two former Ministers of Local Government and Rural Development had disrespected Bakgatla when they derecognized their chief.
Davids said, until Tsogwane found the courtesy to visit Bakgatla to make amends, the dust will never settle and the animosity between government and Bakgatla will continue unabated.
Davids spoke in reference to the bone of contention that started when the state charged Kgafela and his regiment for unlawful floggings of members of his morafhe around 2011. Kgafela responded later with a lawsuit of his own approaching the courts to challenge the legality of Botswana’s constitution.
In his founding affidavit Kgafela requested the High Court to set aside the country’s constitution alleging that it was fraudulent. Midway through the case, Kgafela withdrew the case and announced in a Kgotla meeting that he was relocating to Moruleng in South Africa.
Kgafela’s relocation to Moruleng amid acrimonious relationship between Bakgatla and government officials left a political ruin on the side of the BDP. Ahead of 2014 general elections, the campaign message in Kgatleng was centred on Kgafela saga.
Kgafela has since renounced his Botswana citizenship to acquire South African citizenship where is also fighting for control of the Bakgatla tribe with Nyalala Pilane.
Davids said the reason why chiefs are turning the backs on the ruling party in favour of opposition parties is simply because they are being ill-treated, undermined and feel powerless.
The main opposition party in Parliament, Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has two paramount chiefs in its ranks Kgosi Tawana Moremi II of Batawana and Kgosi Lotlaamoreng II of Barolong.
The former BDP legislator expressed hope that one day, the embattled Bakgatla chief will one day return to Botswana and be allowed to rule his tribe again.
Gilbert Mangole, Mochudi West MP also is of the view that the decision to de-recognise Kgafela was not in line with proper traditional customs dealing with chieftainship.
Mangole highlighted the fact that traditionally, chieftainship is hereditary and government should not have a say on de-recognising a chief who had that right by the virtue of being born a chief.
He said the reason Kgosi Kgafela II refused to be a member of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi is because he did not want to be a government stooge, and did not find the importance of it since it does not have powers.
Commenting on the motion tabled by Moswaane, Kgosi Lotlaamoreng II remarked that chiefs working conditions are disheartening therefore supporting introductions of reforms which would give the chieftainship integrity.
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.