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Puso wants five year term for Ntlo Ya Dikgosi elite

The chairman of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Kgosi Puso Gaborone has said he is contemplating having the newly introduced leadership terms of two and a half years scrapped to introduce a further five year term for leaders of the house.

Kgosi Gaborone said that since the country’s Independence from Britain in 1966 until 2015 the Ntlo ya Dikgosi has been having a 1 year chairmanship term and deputy chairmanship terms which made it difficult for real progress to take root in the house as elected leaders spent their time on the throne with minds consumed by the ever-looming elections.

Gaborone said that while one of the initial challenges has been neutralised, as the one year term has been practically making it difficult to plan for the long haul, going forward they might change the length period of the term of leadership. He also said that the administrations’ bureaucracy wasn’t neither forgiving on the House as it proved meaningless and unnecessarily expensive for some duties and functions of the House to be done every session. He gave the example of printing portraits and posters of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi members which is done on a yearly basis for each Ntlo Ya Dikgosi session as a needlessly expensive exercise before adding, “There is not even anything to rejoice about for having been chairman 5 times in 5 years.”

Kgosi Gaborone also lamented that the speaker of the National Assembly serves a five year term saying, “in the other house there is stability of the term of office.”He also says that the results of their benchmarking exercises have shown that in other countries leaders of the House of Chiefs work on full time basis addressing issues peculiar to the traditional leadership. Meanwhile he currently doubles as Kgosi of the Batlokwa and as well as the leader of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi.

Kgosi Gaborone defeated Kgosi Galeakanye Modise of Sefhare/Ramokgonami by 20 votes to 13 at the start of the 4th meeting of the 3rd Ntlo Ya Dikgosi session on Monday, beginning his inaugural 2 and a half years term as chairman of the house.

Ntlo Ya Dikgosi has had 15 chairpersons since 1966.

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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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