Ambitious and aspiring Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential hopefuls are reportedly occupying strategic positions and setting up teams in readiness for a post President Ian Khama era, the WeekendPost has learnt.
This publication has established that the presidential race at the ruling BDP’s special congress slated for 2018 is likely to spin out of control following revelations that a number of hopefuls have shown interest in taking over the reins.
Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s Wynter Mmolotsi has claimed that the 2018 BDP special congress will go down in the ruling party’s history books – BDP’s president will be challenged for the first in the history of Botswana.
“Come 2018 at the BDP special congress, it will be the first time the party’s presidential position being challenged,” asserted Mmolotsi when addressing a political rally in Francistown recently.
Mmolotsi said that the BDP has lost its integrity because the “current leadership of the ruling party has dismally failed to live up to the expectations of the people of Botswana ranging from provision of basic amenities to job creation.”
According to Mmolotsi, there is ongoing jostling for power within the ruling party. He charged that the jostling for power has been motivated by the fact that the BDP leadership has for the past five or so years slowly but surely rattled the party.
“Now every Tom and Dick is of the view that he/she can lead the ruling party. This is so because the BDP has been faltering all the time,” claimed the Member of Parliament for Francistown South.
Mmolotsi added: “(Vice President Mokgweetsi) Masisi is going to be challenged by the likes of (Boyce) Sebetlela, Dorcas Malesu, (Tebelelo) Seretse and any other candidate who feels like taking part in the race.”
Efforts to get a comment from Seretse and Sebetlela hit did not materialize as their mobile phones were not accessible at press time.
Malesu refused to be drawn into discussing the matter. Responding through a text message to suggestions that she harbors presidential interests, Malesu wrote: “The honors are on (those) who allege to answer.”
“Kgang ye ga se yame, ke ya Mmolotsi according to you (this writer), so e bueng le e hetse. (The issue) has got nothing to do with me,” explained Malesu.
Malesu further advised, “If you want an interview, talk to me about Ministry of Health, Sefhare/Ramokgonami constituency and BDP Women’s Wing. Mo gongwe mo ga batho ga ke tsene thata mo teng ebile.”
Endless efforts to contact the BDP Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane proved futile.
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.