Batswana in Northwest District have called on Government to withdraw the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) from the World Bank-funded project aiming at curbing human and wildlife conflict in the area.
The World Bank and Botswana in 2010 entered into a five-year partnership of ‘Northern Botswana Human Wildlife Co-Existence Project’ scheduled to end by 2016 under which the Botswana Government was given a mandate to initiate this project through the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.
The project is set to reduce human-wildlife conflicts through proactive prevention interventions in 13 villages chosen from the three selected Northern district of Chobe, Okavango and Boteti.
It is reported that elephants and predators like lions are a menace to the lives of people in these districts. Not only are people’s lives threatened but their livestock and ploughed fields are daily destroyed and killed by these wild animals.
Through this project residents of these villages are taught strategies that deter wild animals from getting into contact with human life. The methods include use of chili peppers, guard dogs and bees. The project also encourages farmers to plant early maturing seeds and use of properly erected kraals. The methods are reported to be perfectly working to reduce conflict between wild animal and humans.
At a recent Human Wildlife Co-existence Communication Strategy multi-stakeholders’ workshop held in Maun, community representatives highlighted that the project could be a success if DWNP was withdrawn as a controlling department.
Representatives are now advocating for an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) for the task.
The concerned group explained that DWNP, as a government department, gets orders from the state contrary to views that the project was funded by World Bank in concerted effort to assist people on life-threatening problems they are faced with wild animals.
They also explained that other reason they would want DWNP out of the project is that the department has other daily mandates of providing services to the public. They underscored that its commitment to the project is severely compromised by its persistent absence when needed for professional assistance.
Representatives stressed that they always present their concerns to the department for transmission to Government but such concerns never reach the Government Enclave. Participants believed that the reason why the project seemed to be failing was partly due to DWNP’s inefficiency.
They complained that the material that was planned to be used according to the project-funders is always delivered piece-meal, which then causes the already provided material to get destroyed while awaiting the arrival of the rest.
Project coordinators however stated that their plea would be forwarded to the appropriate authorities for remedial measures to be taken.
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.