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Tawana Land Board wields axe for Shashe Squatters

The feud between Shashe squatters and Tawana Land Board is now at its peak, a Tawana Land Board official, Kgato Motai disclosed recently in a fully packed Kgotla meeting at Shashe.

The land board is said to be still hunting for some of the remaining squatters, following the December 2012 eviction of some residents of a so called illegal settlement at Shashe Bridge in Maun. 

The sub land board chairman, Motai dashed the hopes of many anxious residents who attended the meeting in large numbers with high hopes that he brought good news about their pleas for land when he instead told them the meeting was no ordinary one but a warning to the illicit settlers.

According to the land board official, the eviction of the squatters was incomplete since some of them had appealed to the high court, and were given a one year waiver to have moved out of Shashe which is said to be a sensitive flood plain area. He added that since the one year period had elapsed, the land board will do a follow up to establish whether all the affected people had moved.

Motai revealed to the residents that the yellow monster is on the way especially for those who settled in that area after land allocation was transferred from Dikgosi and land overseers to the Ministry of Lands and Housing. He further said some of the squatters were rightful land owners who had decided to sell their plots and became squatters in Shashe.

He however conceded that land board officials had also made mistakes as some residents who were born in Shashe and were its oldest residents were also affected during the 2012 eviction but said that would be corrected and compensation be paid.

One of the oldest residents born in Shashe, Fanabi Karome, who was also an assistant to the land overseer, condemned the 2012 land board assessments which were conducted before the 2012 demolition as inaccurate as he said the oldest born residents of Shashe from the families of Mbwe, Motlhabani and others were the mostly affected.

Karome said he suspected that things might not have been done properly at Tawana Land Board as there are now new settlers in Shashe with certificates for their plots, yet it was said there would be more land allocations in the area. “I suspect there is land dealing either by you or your colleague,” he charged.

He further questioned Motai on the 2004 rule where Tawana Land Board ruled out that land overseers should allocate open spaces between allocated plots, to which Motai responded also that indeed things were not done appropriately at that time, as land overseers were supposed to have stopped allocation in 1996 as physical planners had by then revealed that settlers would destroy the vegetation.

When responding to another attendant, who wanted to know why allocation in Shashe was not allowed, Motai explained that the area had been proven by physical planners as unsafe for human settlement or human activity, owing to it being an island. He said building on it would expose settlers to floods, the area, said Motai is also a tourism attraction site and its natural beauty has to be left as is. He also said pollution could occur if people were allowed to settle there as Shashe is the main water source for Maun.

Another resident Ofentse Marewa questioned whether the eviction targeted the blacks only as there are some white settlers along the river bank who never attend any meeting, asking whether they were not destroying the vegetation. Motai clarified that all the whites have certificates and they are the ones owning vegetable farms where most residents work.

Motai went on to warn some residents to stop seeking false witness from Dikgosi in order to be assisted by the land board officials. The sub land board chairman told the crowd that another assessment would be undertaken to see if the remaining people who had land rights at Shashe should be removed or left there.

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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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