Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Slumber Tsogwane will meet with Kgatleng legislators to discuss the protracted and unresolved Kgosi Kgafela II issue.
Weekend Post has it on good authority that Kgatleng East Member of Parliament, Isaac Davids has made the Kgosi Kgafela matter a priority and want it settled as soon as possible. This week new Minister, Tsogwane had already agreed to meet the duo of Kgatleng MPs soon to map a way forward as the matter continues to haunt the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
The just ended elections in which the BDP lost both Kgatleng constituencies to the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has proved that the Kgatleng chieftainship matter cannot be taken lightly. Some ruling party insiders believe it weighed on BDP performance in the just ended elections.
Dr Unity Dow and Mpho Moruakgomo both lost Kgatleng West and Kgatleng East to Gilbert Mangole and Isaac Davids of the UDC respectively. Kgosi Kgafela II who took over the reins in 2008 has been at war with the government over various issues. Efforts to resolve the Bakgatla saga by Lebonaamang Mokalake and Peter Siele who both had a chance head Ministry of Local Government drew blanks in the past.
The bone of contention started when the state charged Kgafela and his regiment for unlawful floggings of members of his morafhe. Kgafela responded later with a lawsuit of his own approaching the courts to challenge the legality of Botswana’s constitution. In his founding affidavit Kgafela requested the High Court to set aside the country’s constitution alleging that it was fraudulent. Midway through the case, Kgafela withdrew the case and announced in a Kgotla meeting that he was relocating to Moruleng in South Africa.
Kgafela’s relocation to Moruleng amid acrimonious relationship between Bakgatla and government officials left a political ruin on the side of the BDP. Ahead of 2014 general elections, the campaign message in Kgatleng was centred around Kgafela saga.
The UDC evidently enjoyed the support of the royal family, because it moulded its messages around sympathy with the estranged chief. Before his departure Kgafela had ruled that, government officials were not welcome in Kgatleng and encouraged resident to boycott the Kgotla meetings called by government officials.
The already nasty relationship was not helped by the then Minister Lebonaamang Mokalake’s decision to de-recognise him as the Chief of Bakgatla. The Bakgatla had also made it clear that they would not entertain anyone to assume the seat of their absent and de-recognized chief as long as Kgafela is alive. Bakgatla want all charged laid against their chief being scrapped and that be recognized as the chief of Bakgatla as he remains the only rightful man for the throne.
BDP had known the gravity of the matter going into the elections therefore adopting a change in their policy in favour of a friendly approach. Last year President Ian Khama agreed to reinstate Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe as President of Customary Court of Appeal after the latter pleaded for forgiveness from President Ian Khama. Mothibe together with Deputy Paramount Kgosi of Bakgatla Bana Sekai Linchwe and Senior Chief's Representative Kgosi Segale Linchwe were serving a suspension from duty since 2009 pending their criminal trials in relation with the destruction of the Mascom Tower in Mochudi and flogging of their tribesmen.
Although Bakgatla royals have seemed divided it looks like the Kgatleng community will not be happy as long as Kgafela is still abroad and not recognized. This would be a matter that the new Minister, Tsogwane will deliberate on in the next five years and hopefully to resolve if he is to change the BDP fortunes in the area.
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.