Morobi Dinao, a nurse at Block 8 Clinic who tested positive for COVID-19 in April is taking Government to court to challenge the authenticity of the outcome following a series of events that left her with suspicions.
Dinao through his attorney Uyapo Ndadi of Ndadi Law Firm, has dragged Director of Health Services, Dr Malaki Tshipiyagae to court. In their head of submissions, they submit that on the 7th April Dinao was deployed to work at the special parliamentary meeting dealing with the state of public emergency.
He further points out that on the second day of work he received a call from Dr Simonga and later Dr Sinvula informing him that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
He was then asked to report to sir Ketumile Masire Hospital for admission, and it was later that day at 3pm that he was fetched by an ambulance to the hospital. However, Dinao explains that he was not shown his results upon his arrival at the hospital which he emphasises was against the clinical practices.
When he demanded to see his results on the 13th April, Dinao says he was moved from pillar to post and no one was forthcoming with his results, even the hospital that had admitted him had no copy of his results.
Furthermore, he explains that after repeated demands he was only shown his results on the 19th April 2020 through his glass door by one Dr Feledi. Upon his discharge on the 24th April 2020, Dinao says he was handed a copy of his results but no explanation of the results was given to him. It then became apparent to the client that the results were not signed and thus bringing to question the authenticity of the results.
Thus, Dinao has dragged Tshipiyagae to court demanding that he be given results that are signed by the person who conducted the laboratory tests. He also demands that he be given account on the delay of the results.
Dinao also brought Tshipiyagae to the attention that his specimen submission form which carries his results is marked differently from the one that he completed on the day of the test in several ways.
“The form does not have the laboratory personnel signature yet the one he duly completed had it.” Dinao says he had indicated that he had pre-existing conditions but the results form that he received did not indicate the same.
“The results form at the bottom is also cancelled or highlighted in dark so as to conceal what was initially written with no signature provided for the cancellation,’’ he said
The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.
WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?
Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.
Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed. This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.
In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’ The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.
Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama).
Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.