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Be Free Christian Church donates P35 000 worth of scholarship

Be Free Christian Church, a Mogoditshane based church last weekend announced P35 000 worth of scholarship to nine less privileged school going children in Mogoditshane.

The church also donated toiletry and school uniform to the students who are still studying at Lesirane Primary School. The money will be paid to the students annually until they reach tertiary level.

The church has also sponsored a less privileged student to study Occupational Health and Safety at Gaborone Universal College of Law. Prophet Keletso Moenda said these deeds are a sign of love and the church will continue helping the less privileged.

Prophet Moenda was quick to state that the beneficiaries where not members of the church but God’s guidance made them the beneficiaries. This is despite the fact that the church has children in similar situation or who are even worse.

Prophet Moenda said it was important that as a church they continue giving out to the less privileged as they will receive more blessings from God in return, emphasising the bible verse, “blessed is the hand that giveth, than the one that receiveth.”

Councillor for the area Ofentse Shaka Ditshube expressed his gratitude to the church for the gesture. He said the significance of the donation could not be underestimated. Ditshube said the area had a number of children who are faced with poverty and not being able to afford some basic needs. The beneficiaries, the parents of the pupils were elated by the development and showed their gratitude as well.

“I was struggling with raising this kid because of my welfare but now I feel my burden has been lifted,” said Thapelo Mangope, a parent to one of the beneficiaries.

Lesang Temogo was also impressed with the decision taken by the church to choose among others her child. “I’m very humbled by the church gesture, for what it has done,” she said.

The handing over, which was done during the Sunday church service was also attended by notable members of the society like the Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairperson and the village chief among others.

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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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