Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) secretary general, Gilbert Mangole’s membership drive in the Ngami constituency has been blasted as unconstitutional by party officials in the area.
Following the poor performance of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), both at council and parliamentary level in the Ngami Constituency in the 2014 general elections, the BMD secretary general embarked on a journey around the constituency to spread the Moono slogan. Mangole said just like in other constituencies in the Northern parts of Botswana, by the time they went for the 2014 elections, the UDC was yet to entrench itself in the North of Dibete.
The membership drive led by Mangole and his team aims at promoting the UDC in the northern part of the country, but others in the party do not see it that way.
In the previous elections, the Ngami constituency was won by Thato Kwerepe of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) with 7063 votes, against the BCP’s 7015 for Taolo Habano; Cosmos Moenga of the UDC got a paltry 802 votes.
However, Komana/ Toteng council candidate, Thapelo Kentse expressed displeasure at the membership drive saying that secretary general and his team did not inform the Ngami regional and branch committees before the recruitment escapade.
Kentse said issues of this nature could end up fuelling factions within the party. He further suspected that the drive is targeting the BMD president, Ndaba Gaolathe. He is of the view that Mangole and his team are covertly canvassing support for Sidney Pilane, who wants readmission into the BMD. He declared Mangole’s actions as a nightmare for BMD.
“Ke belaela gore ba leka go recruata batho ba Ngami gore fa go iwa ko congress ya phathi ba e go nna mo lekgamong la bone ba seka ba tlhopha Rre Ndaba Gaolathe, he said in vernacular. (I suspect they are recruiting Ngami members to prepare for the congress and ensure that they vote against Ndaba Gaolathe.)
Despite the concerns from some BMD members in the district about the drive, told this publication that the results of the last election has informed them as the UDC that the Moono slogan is yet to reach rural areas hence the membership drive in the Ngami.
Mangole said they performed poorly in the previous elections due to lack of resources. He said limited resources do not allow them to stretch to the North as much as they intended to. According to Mangole the UDC used its limited resources in areas where the party was strong and they had hope of winning especially in the south.
“For the past three weeks we were in Bobonong and we did exceptional well and we hope to succeed in Ngami, where we have targeted close to 5000 members. We are still roaming around Ngami constituency mobilising and registering new members,” he said.
Mangole said they are registering members of the BMD and individuals from other political parties which are non-UDC members like BCP and BDP. The BMD secretary general urged people of Ngami to be part of the political change in 2019 by voting the UDC. He appealed to the youth to be part of that change as the leaders of tomorrow.
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.