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China disowns Morupule B contractor

Chinese ambassador to Botswana Zheng Zhuqiang has distanced his embassy from any involvement in forewarning of the Botswana government on the inappropriateness of China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) to construct the Morupule B mega-power station.

Zhuqiang said his embassy “wouldn’t have any records” of the ironically prescient counsel to the Botswana government. He remarked that the Chinese embassy does not know the origins of the alleged cautionary missive, saying the supposed lack of confidence in CNEEC to uptake the project of the magnitude and sophistication of Morupule B mega-power plant, “might represent his predecessor’s point of view”.

The evasive diplomat said that as far as he knew, several companies including at least two Chinese companies were invited to bid to construct the Morupule B power station. The two companies were CNEEC and China Tung Fa.

In absolving his government, he clarified that contrary to popular belief CNEEC is not a wholly government owned enterprise. He explained that under the Chinese arrangement, a company that government does not command a 50% stake in falls under the bracket of the Chinese State Assets and Administration Council therefore afforded the liberty and total autonomy in business operation. The diplomat distanced CNEEC from connection to the state and consequently said this dismisses any talk of diplomatic tiff between Botswana and China.

Zhuqiang also revealed that the findings of the Botswana government report compiled by its imported panel of American experts as well as CNEEC’ s report from its Chinese experts have reached contradictory conclusions. He said both the Botswana government and CNEEC have different opinions on the root cause of the protracted Morupule B quandary.

The emissary of the communist state also claims to have held several meetings with Chinese companies operating in Botswana advising them to deliver projects of first-rate and in time. He further added that the top officials of CNEEC have already been interviewed several times by the Chinese government.

Zhuqiang also said that both CNEEC and the government of Botswana are working together as they attempt to chart a path of redeeming the troubled Fluidised Bed Heat Exchanger (FBHE), a component of the power plant boilers which he branded as, “the heart of the power station”.

The ambassador also defended his country against the blanket judgement of Chinese shoddy workmanship saying not all Chinese constructed projects are poorly made, characterising the botched Morupule B mega power plant, the Francistown stadium as well as the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport Terminal building as isolated cases and a minor fraction of the Chinese works done in Botswana since the 1990’s.

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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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