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America ignores Botswana inquiry on ex-soldier

ACCUSED: Case against John Carrol (left) has been withdrawn

The American government, Army and the University of Phoenix have refused to assist the Botswana government in investigations against John Carroll (53), an American citizen accused of defrauding the Botswana government of over P200 000.

John Carrol was also accused of forgering certificates to gain employment with the government. The state has since been forced to withdraw their case, due to lack of evidence.

The state had promised Gaborone Village Chief Magistrate, Linah Mokibe-Oahile that they were still consulting and gathering evidence from American institutions and some individuals in conncetion to the case.

The American government, known for its over protection of its citizens was not willing to cooperate and proffer assistance to the Directorate of Public Prosecution and the government in general.

John Edward Carroll is alleged to have uttered a false Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, thereby defrauding the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology a total of about P228,980.10 in salaries.

He was facing another charge of falsely informing one Tshireletso Mandu Chenga, a human resource manager at the Ministry that his wife Sarona Matshidiso Sebina and daughter Samiera Karabo Carroll were in the US and needed to join him in Botswana. Chenga then issued a Sixty thousand, two hundred and twenty nine Pula (P60 229) air transport warrant for the two.

Caroll who was respresented by Mack Bahuma Attorneys lawyers was arrested by CID officers at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport upon his return from the US in 2014 before succesfully applying for P20 000 bail.

He was asked to surrender all his travelling documents to Mogoditshane Police Station, where he was reporting twice a week after providing two sureties who each paid P60,000.

Weekend Post this week, learnt that the state had withdrawn the case in which it was accusing the former United States of America Marine of defrauding the government money and forgering his academic certificates to get employmenmt from government. This withdrawal which was actuated by lack of insufficient evidence may however resume once the state finds its evidence, according to some sources.

The state’s attempt to contact the American based University, Phoenix, the US Army and government is said to have hit a snag as a result of poor cooperation from sources. The state could not consequently verify the legitimacy of the accused’s alleged forged academic credentials from the Army, University and government.

Carroll is married to a Motswana Doctor in one of the prominent health facilities and has a daughter with the same woman. However he has not acquired Botswana citizenship and frequently visits the US unrestricted by the Botswana government.

Carroll is a businessman and has a foundation called John Carroll Foundation Africa whose main focus is destitutes and orphans. The foundation whose primary aim is to build houses for the needy and provide sponsorship for children from less fortunate backgrounds, he says was inspired by his experiences while serving in Afghanistan as a US Marine. Carroll also has a few businesses around the country and has donated houses to the needy.

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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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