CoA throws out rapist’s appeal

A man who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the 2010 rape of a woman in Kgalagadi District, failed this week in his bid to overturn his conviction. Obed Wamodimo who was found guilty by a magistrate in Jwaneng was hoping that the Court of Appeal this week will free him. In his application Wamodimo raises the issues of having an unfair trial.

22nd November 2017

SA Premier Mahumapelo pushes President Khama off the road

8th November 2017

Premier of the North West Province in South Africa, Supra Mahumapelo pulled a stunt that not only caught his principals by surprise, but had the potential to cause tension just a few days to the two countries’ third Session of the Bi-national Commission. In a vintage Hollywood script, the gutsy Mahumapelo, who is a frequent visitor in this country, on November 1, broke all rules, regulations and procedures of Protocol by entering into Botswana unannounced to attend the Global Expo.

Obesity can lead to kidney failure

3rd November 2017

“I hope no one else has to go through what we did,” Thabo Selome said sighing. The Maun-based engineer’s daughter, now 16 years old, suffered a kidney condition for close to a decade. In 2006, Lorato*, who was then five, started developing swelling under her eyes. “She was not able to walk fast or run and she got tired easily,” said Selome. A visit to the hospital and a urine test later, doctors diagnosed her with Nephritic syndrome, a condition, as Selome explained it, where “protein leaks through the kidneys”. According to the National Kidney Foundation, Nephritic syndrome can occur when the filtering units of the kidney are damaged. This damage allows protein normally kept in the plasma to leak into the urine in large amounts, which reduces the amount of protein in one’s blood.

Childhood Cancer Parents Association of Botswana

3rd November 2017

Kebaabetswe Setlhong says being told your child has cancer or, worse, that they could die from the disease is every parent’s worst nightmare. And he should know better. His last-born son, Tjisuta Setlhong, now four years old was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a very rare form of kidney cancer in 2014. The kidney tumor mostly affects children under five years of age. Symptoms of Wilms tumor include; swelling in the abdomen, bloody urine, constipation, enlargement of one side of the body, and lack of appetite amongst others.

Dr. Saleshando laments lack of donors for kidney transplants

3rd November 2017

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BCP, Phage apologise to Batswapong

3rd November 2017

Botswana Congress Party and its former Councilor in Mmopane, Phagenyane Phage, have swallowed their pride and apologised to Batswapong tribe.

Court frees man convicted of sjamboking woman to death

3rd November 2017

One man from Serowe, Emmanuel Mosanako who was sentenced to eight years for murder in 2016 by Justice Lot Moroka this week was comforted by Court of Appeal (CoA) when they upheld his appeal. On the 13th October 2016 Mosanako was convicted of the murder of his partner Gobotlhalemang Ketlhobogile (Mampana). He was accused in the charge to which he pleaded not guilty, of murdering Ketlhobogile at Mogatsapoo lands, near Serowe between the 1st of January 2011 and 4th January 2011. Ketlhobogile passed away in Sekgoma Hospital on 6th January 2011.

Malema’s court bid to stop appointment of chiefs fails

3rd November 2017

Former Bobirwa Kgosi, Mmirwa Malema and his son, Letso Malema suffered another setback this week when the Court of Appeal (CoA) dismissed their application. This comes after they lost their interdict application before Gaborone High Court Judge, Leatile Dambe last month (September).

Case of woman accused of murdering ‘stepson’ committed to High Court

3rd November 2017

The case in which Gaofenngwe Selaolo who was in 2015 arrested and charged with the abduction and murder of her boyfriend’s son will soon be heard at the High Court. The Broadhurst Magistrate recently postponed the commitment to the High Court.

Albinism Society lobbies Govt. to adopt Disability Policy

3rd November 2017

The Albinism Society of Botswana (ASB) is on a mission to demystify albinism and educate people about the dangerous practices of discriminating people with the condition. The society will host a series of campaign sessions across the country beginning Tuesday in Palapye to raise awareness and protect people with albinism against discrimination and abuse in society.

Celebrity pastor Sovi, kicked out of Botswana

3rd November 2017

Controversial bling bling ‘pastor-preneur’ Isaiah Brian Sovi was kicked out of the country on Monday. Security agents clamped on and arrested the youthful pastor in Gaborone this past weekend. Sovi, who sits at the helm of the popular Imperial City Church, which was previously housed at Maharaj Conference Centre and recently moved to Block 3 location in Gaborone, is believed to be running an unregistered church, according to security agents. Assistant Police Commissioner Nnunu Lesetedi confirmed the incident but refused to comment further saying that investigations are ongoing and information would be shared soon. Sovi reportedly charged an average P1000 for consultation.

Most Bakes her way out of poverty

3rd November 2017

On the face of it, 58-year old Motlalepula Mosate of Mochudi is like your average sweet aunty from the neighborhood who makes a decent living from her culinary skills of baking. However, her journey has been paved with obstacles largely due to the circumstances of life. When her marriage failed in the eighties, Mosate was left to fend for herself and her children through ‘piece jobs’ she wasn’t even able to sustain because she had to take care of her children at the same time. The struggling unemployed single mother of three says life was so hard that sometimes her children would go to bed hungry. Desperation became the mother of Mosate’s now thriving bakery business.

Gaolathe has no powers at AP

1st November 2017

The President of the newly-launched party, Alliance for Progressives (AP), Ndaba Gaolathe does not wield any sweeping powers under his party constitution. There were suggestions at his erstwhile party - Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) – that the factional fights they were embroiled in fed into the president’s lack of power to run the party. He was seen as a lame-duck president.

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