MOTSWALEDI JNR'S MOTHER LOSES While Gomolemo Motswaledi smiles in his grave as he marvels at his party’s 2014 general elections perfomance, the mother of his son, Kealeboga Tlhabiwe who was contesting a council seat for the Selibe Phikwe town council under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) was unsuccessful in her bid.
She lost in a dignified manner and wished her winning competitor well.The God-fearing woman took a swipe at those who used her bereavement as a campaign tool saying her God will revenge for her.
BOKO GOES TO PARLEY The Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) leader will be heading to Parliament and many will await the charismatic leader’s input during parlimentary debates. It will be interesting to see how the human rights lawyer will juggle matters of his law firm and those of Parliament.
The UDC leader is a passionate lawyer whose love for law and human rights issues is well documented. His debating skills have earned him a lot of respect and his heroic push of the UDC to greater heights may be his biggest challenge to carry on his promise to the people of Botswana in Parliament.
DPSM BOSS FAILS TO SAVE HIS WIFE Carter Morupisi’s wife Pini has failed to realise her dreams of seeing herself in council despite his husband’s relentless efforts to push her to the Council.
She was contesting the Lecheng ward in the Lerala – Maunatlala constituency and lost to Charles Mabjweng in a highly contested election. Her husband had ruffled a few feathers during the campaign trail.
Morupisi was spotted partaking in his wife’s campaign during the parties’ primary elections immidiately after warning civil servants not to partake in the internal party elections. When asked by the Weekendpost then, he said, ““I have married my wife in community of property thus she has the right to use my car”.
IEC FOUND WANTING The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) left many Batswana unsatisfied over failure to perform some of their duties effectively and efficiantly.The process was slow contrary to what the organisation had promised the nation and the officers were found wanting in most cases around the country as the process was taking too slow in some areas.
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.
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.
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.