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Mopipi Headman sues Minister

Former Minister of Local government, Peter Siele

Mopipi headman of records, Oreajetse Machilisa, is suing the government following the Minister of Local government and Rural development’s decision to appoint someone else a chief when he was ‘deserving and endorsed by the Morafe in a recognised kgotla meeting’.

Machilisa blames former Minister, Peter Siele and Bangwato tribal lords for imposing decisions willi-nilly on the people of Boteti. This habit, he said, is deeply rooted in the Bangwato royals who ‘behave like Gods over surbodinate tribes and never want to hear them out’.

“When our chief, Gakemotho Kgwesi died, the tribe gathered and unanimously agreed that I should take over but the then Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Peter Siele and Bangwato top royals made sure that they selected their favourite for the position contrary to the people’s desires,” he decried.

Machilisa further argues that the argument by the government that the people elected their leader is false and without basis as past chiefs were automatically suceeded by their deputies and those who came after them in rank. Notwithstanding this, the government has said the tribe endorsed the candidate.

When the case was initially registered, the judge ruled in favour of Machilisa ordering the matter to be referred back to the people so that they decide on their right chief. The government has however ascribed Machilisa’s ‘temporary victory’ to their failure to communicate that he cited the wrong sections to the courts to rely upon.

Machilisa, they said, had posited that he was employed under section 6 which hires paramount chiefs when he was actually hired under a different section. However since the order was granted, the government has not complied and the chief who was appointed by the Minister is still in office.

Weekendpost called the Boteti tribal office and spoke to him to confirm that he is still in the office. He answered the phone and said Machilisa was on leave.

Meanwhile, Machilisa wants the issue to be tried as contempt. “The government has not complied with the order since it was granted and we want the court to make a ruling on that,” he said.

The government is now making arrangements to address the residents and get a mandate from them before reverting to the courts to make a fresh and perhaps permanent ruling on the matter.

Machilisa is adamant that the people will endorse him and ‘expose Bangwato tribe leaders and their friends’s wickedness’.

He described the Bangwato tribe royals as hostile people who are motivated by nothing but self-interest and dictatorship. “They should respect subordinate tribes and allowe them to decide their fate rather than impose every idea on them,” he charged.

Machilisa further said what hurts him most is that the decision by the government and Bangwato royals,particulalry Sediegeng Kgamane’s deputy is that all were taken in his absence denying him the right to reply-a cardinal principle in natural justice.The case is continuing and will be decided by the courts in the near future.

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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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