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No primary election for UDC in GoodHope Mabule

Lotlaamoreng confirmed as party candidate

Opposition Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) will not conduct primary elections for the looming bye election in GoodHope/Mabule constituency. The party has received only one candidate in the name of Lotlaamoreng Montshioa for contestation of the bye election.


UDC Head of Strategy and Elections in the party Electoral Board, Tapiso Kgosikoma confirmed to WeekendPost in a brief interview that: “we have received only one nomination of Lotlaamoreng Montshioa for consideration of Goodhope/Mabule constituency bye election.”


 “As the only candidate, it means that it is certain he will represent UDC in the bye election,” Kgosikoma who is also Botswana National Front (BNF) Secretary General assured this publication. UDC president Duma Boko has also confirmed recently that he will be campaign manager for UDC’s representative in the area.


According to Kgosikoma, the closing date for submission for consideration of nominees to represent the party at the bye election was June 24 which has already elapsed. Therefore, in light of the development, there will be no primary elections as the candidate is a loner in the party race.


This is despite the Barolong paramount chief Lotlaamoreng having denied on several media interviews that his retirement from Ntlo ya Dikgosi has nothing to do with looming bye election at his backyard.


The bye election was necessitated by the resignation of James Mathokgwane to join the Selibe Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU). A close, personal friend of Lotlaamoreng, Mathokgwane won the constituency by a trivial margin of 717. The win, some say, was partly attributed to influence from the Barolong paramount chief who was seen to be sympathetic to Mathokgwane and his UDC.  


In the 2014 elections, the UDC triumphed by 6712 votes to BDP’s 6111 and BCP trailed behind by 717 votes. In the 2009 election, the BDP represented by Kitso Mokaila consolidated their win (following 2004 win) by 4987, BNF got 2707 while the BCP represented by Comfort Maruping garnered only 1346 votes. Maruping will still represent the party (BCP) in the coming bye election and, BCP hopefuls say he may pull a surprise victory. At council level, out of the 12 wards in the area, BDP won 11 while UDC only scooped 1. The formerly Barolong constituency is a known traditional BDP stronghold.


Therefore, it will not be easy for Lotlaamoreng as he is expected to face aggressive competition from political rivals, BDP. The BDP MP hopefuls in the area are still to undertake primary election which will be held on July 11. In the primary, observers already position Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Eric Molale and Kenaleone Motsaathebe as front runners.


However the entrance of Kgosi Lotlaamoreng in the race, is seen by historical analyst Rodgers Molefi and political analysts Lernard Sesa – who told this publication recently – as having an upper hand due to influence bogosi plays in the political play field. History conveys a signature statement that dikgosi still command politics as all dikgosi who stood for political office before triumphed.


When they stood for political office, the likes of BNF’s Kgosi Bathoen Gaseitsiwe II of Bangwaketse, BDP’s Kgosi Seretse Khama of Bangwato, Kgosi Ian Khama IV of Bangwato (BDP) as well as Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD)/UDC’s Kgosi Tawana Moremi II of Batawana always sailed through.


Pundits say should Lotlaamoreng lose, it will be a heavy blow and a shift to traditional believe that dikgosi command absolute power in politics. Therefore the bye election is understood as a test for Lotlaamoreng’s power.

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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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