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
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.