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Kgosi Kgari III distances himself from ritual killings

Kgosi Kgari III, the paramount chief of the Bakwena tribe, has found himself at the center of a storm of accusations regarding his alleged involvement in recent ritual killings in Molepolole. However, in a recent interview with Weekend Post, Kgosi Kgari III vehemently denied any connection to these heinous acts and expressed his deep dismay at the accusations and the subsequent destruction of the kgotla shelter.

The burning down of the kgotla shelter, a sacred place meant for community assistance and refuge, was a deeply upsetting event for Kgosi Kgari III. He emphasized the importance of maintaining the sanctity of the kgotla shelter and condemned the actions of those who burned it down. It is clear that he holds the traditions and customs of the Bakwena tribe in high regard and was deeply hurt by the desecration of this sacred space.

Furthermore, Kgosi Kgari III distanced himself from any involvement in the ritual killings that have taken place in Molepolole. He welcomed any investigation into the matter and urged anyone with information to come forward and report it to the police. This shows his commitment to transparency and his willingness to cooperate with the authorities to clear his name.

These sentiments were echoed by BPS Acting Commissioner Solomon Mantswe, who emphasized that nobody is above the law. Mantswe called on anyone with information connecting Kgosi Kgari III to the ritual killings to come forward immediately. He assured the public that proper action would be taken if any evidence was found.

Minister of State Presidency and Member of Parliament for Molepolole South, Kabo Morwaeng, also condemned the torching of property during the recent unrest. He urged the Bakwena community to show respect to their paramount chief, regardless of the circumstances. This highlights the importance of maintaining respect for traditional leaders, even in times of controversy.

The accusations against Kgosi Kgari III arose during a kgotla meeting held to address the recent violent incidents and property destruction. Some community members expressed concern about the chief’s perceived delay in addressing these issues, which led to suspicions of his involvement. However, it is important to remember that accusations should not be taken as proof of guilt, and it is crucial to allow for a fair and thorough investigation before passing judgment.

It is unfortunate that these accusations have resurfaced in the context of the history of ritual killings in Botswana. The case of Segametsi Mogomotse, a student at Radikolo Junior Secondary School in Mochudi in 1994, serves as a painful reminder of the consequences of such acts. The incident sparked riots in Mochudi and Gaborone, leading to unrest that required the intervention of riot police and the Botswana Defense Force.

In light of this history, some at the kgotla meeting said it is essential to approach the current accusations against Kgosi Kgari III with caution and to allow for a proper investigation to take place. “It is only through a fair and thorough process that the truth can be uncovered and justice served. In the meantime, it is important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and to respect the traditions and customs of the Bakwena tribe, as well as the principles of the rule of law,” a resident said.


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Inequalities Faced by Individuals with Disabilities

22nd February 2024

The government’s efforts to integrate individuals with disabilities in Botswana society are being hampered by budgetary constraints. Those with disabilities face inequalities in budgetary allocations in the health and education sectors. For instance, it is reported that the government allocates higher budgetary funds to the general health sector, while marginal allocations are proposed for the development and implementation of the National Primary Health Care guidelines and Standards for those with Disabilities. This shows that in terms of budgetary solutions, the government’s proposed initiatives in improving the health and well-being of those with disabilities remain futile as there is not enough money going towards disability-specific health programs. On the other hand, limited budgetary allocations to the Special Education Unit also are a primary contributor to the inequalities faced by children with disabilities. The government only provides for the employment of 15 teachers with qualifications in special education despite the large numbers of children with intellectual disabilities that are in need of special education throughout Botswana. Such disproportional allocation of resources inhibits the capacity to provide affordable and accessible assisted technology and residential support services for those with disabilities. Given the fact that a different amount of resources have been availed to the education and health sectors, the general understanding is that the government is not doing enough to ensure that adequate resources are distributed to disability-specific programs and facilities such as barrier-free environments, residential homes, and special education schools for children with disabilities.


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Disability characterized by exclusion

22nd February 2024

Disability in Botswana, like in many other nations, has been characterized by exclusion, discrimination, and stigmatization. Negative attitudes towards individuals with disabilities (IWDs) have led to barriers in education, employment, and access to facilities and information. The lack of disability-specific legislation in Botswana has further perpetuated the exclusion of IWDs from society.

The National Policy on Care for People with Disabilities (NPCPD) in Botswana, established in 1996, aims to recognize and protect the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities. The policy emphasizes the importance of integration and equal opportunities for IWDs in various sectors such as health, education, employment, and social development. While the policy provides a framework for addressing disability issues, it falls short of enacting disability-specific legislation to protect the rights of IWDs.

In 2010, the Government of Botswana established an office for IWDs within the Office of the President to coordinate disability-related policies and programs. While this office plays a crucial role in mobilizing resources for the implementation of policies, its approach to service delivery is rooted in social welfare, focusing on the care of IWDs as a social burden rather than recognizing their rights.

The lack of disability-specific legislation in Botswana has hindered the recognition of the rights of IWDs and the enactment of laws to protect them from discrimination and exclusion. Without legal protections in place, IWDs continue to face barriers in education, employment, and access to facilities and information, perpetuating their exclusion from society.

In order to address the exclusion of IWDs in Botswana, it is crucial for the government to prioritize the enactment of disability-specific legislation to protect their rights and ensure equal opportunities for all. By recognizing the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities, Botswana can work towards creating a more inclusive society where IWDs are valued and included in all aspects of life.




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DJ Bafana’s one man show on the cards

21st February 2024

DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.

In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.

What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.

As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.


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