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Chimbombi dismissal prompts reshuffle

Long time serving Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Marcus Chimbombi has been dismissed from office, allegedly due to incompetence.

Chimbombi was forced out of office this week and he confirmed his “separation,” with the employer during a brief phone interview on Friday morning.

“It is true that I am no longer working for the Ministry of Agriculture. We had a mutual agreement that we should separate,” Chimbombi explained.

He however denied that he was fired but chose to use the word “separation” to describe how his work of many decades ended at the Ministry of Agriculture.

“In my case I cannot say I was fired or I resigned. It is separation that we agreed on with the employer,” Chimbombi stated.

He says he left the Ministry following a Month long discussion on the matter with his employer. He further stated that his plan is to pursue his other personal businesses.

At the time of interview, Chimbombi was driving back to his home village, Makopong in the Kgalagadi District.

It is alleged that some of the personal businesses he wants to pursue includes politics. He is said to be most likely to contest in the Gantsi North constituency if the ailing Legislator of the said constituency, Christian De Graaf is to step down as alleged. Chimbombi has however refuted the allegations.

“Just like any other Motswana, I vote and I never missed voting during general elections, but it has not occurred to me that I should contest for elections. Politics is not what is in my mind right now. I am far from participating in active politics!” Chimbobi pointed out.

He however could not disclose whether he would turn down an opportunity to contest for election if he was to be approached in future.

Chimbombi was replaced by Boipolelo Khumomatlhare. Other redeployments saw Neil Fitt redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications; John Patshwe appointed to the office of Coordinator, Government Implementation Coordinating Office in the Office of the President; Goitsemang Morekisi transferred to the National Strategy Office as Deputy Director General – Special Assignments (Employment Creation); Dr. Kolaatamo Malefho transferred to the National Strategy Office as Deputy Director General – Projects; Dr. Raphael Dingalo is transferred to the National Assembly as Deputy Clerk; and Ms Rose Sennanyana is transferred to the Ministry of Transport and Communications as Deputy Permanent Secretary, Corporate Services.

During his tenure as the P.S in the Ministry of Agriculture Chimbombi was not sitting on a bed of roses especially where the running of the Botswana Meat Commission was concerned. It was during his tenure that the BMC bosses were said to have milked cattle farmers of Millions of Pula through expenses claims.

The then Directors are said to have dried the BMC coffers for generous fees and allowances and spent the rest of money on business class air tickets, five star hotels and entertainment while holding business meetings in exotic destinations.

With an estimated 13 BMC subsidiaries all over the world, a former BMC Executive and his board including Chimbombi are said to have been literally living in their suitcases and making a lot of money in director’s fees and travel allowances which were paid in foreign currency, British Pounds to be exact.

Before he separated with the employer, Chimbombi was always grilled for his failure to collect the P1 Million debt owed by the Zimbabwean government over the live cattle they bought from BMC five years ago.

In fact in the last Public Accounts Committee, the Attorney General’s office raised a concern that the country risked losing the debt if Zimbabwe was to raise a prescription defence. The prescription Act, according to the Attorney General’s office directs that a debt that has not been collected for as long as three years be written off.

Chimbombi had then said they were being lenient with Zimbabwe as they still wanted to do business with them.

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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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