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Rammidi spoils UDC victory bash

BY PETER MADIYA The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) victory celebrations after walloping Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in a by-election in Mochudi East this past weekend were abruptly cut short when Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Secretary General Kentse ‘Nchi’ Rammidi quit opposition ranks for the ruling party this week. Hardly 24 hours after the Mochudi East results were announced on Sunday, Rammidi on Monday dropped a bombshell, handing in his resignation before being welcomed by BDP President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Tuesday. BCP is a key partner in the UDC as their president Dumelang Saleshando also doubles as the Vice President of the Umbrella coalition. UDC Secretary General, Moeti Mohwasa declined to comment on the impact of Rammidi’s sudden resignation from a coalition partner, saying the man did not hold any important position in the UDC but at BCP.


25th April 2018

Crackdown on fraudulent marriages

25th April 2018

When local woman Malebogo Segokgo* met Nigerian hunk Stephen Afamefuna* five years ago, all she felt was love. They looked beautiful together and he had all the right features of her dream man: Tall, dark, handsome and prayerful. Actually, they met at one of the popular charismatic churches in town. Afamefuna did not take long to marry Segokgo. Within seven months, she was already his wife. It was not too long until her husband asked her to help him apply for his residential and business permit, something she did without any hesitation. A nurse by profession, the wife says she also took P300 000 loan from one of the commercial banks for them to start business together. Sadly, their marriage has ended and Segokgo feels her Nigerian ex-husband used her to settle in Botswana. And she learned later that he is actually married back in Nigeria.

Lovers’ tragic end tears families apart

25th April 2018

BY YVONNE MOOKA Residents of Molepolole are still reeling in shock following the murder, incident that happened in broad daylight last week. It is one that has left families bitter with each other as the woman, Mogomotsi Sadie Gofetolwang’s family denies knowing her killer, let alone, ever dating Ofentse Mosuagae, 27. On Monday April 16th, Ofentse slit Mogomotsi, 20, with a knife in a bushy area a stone’s throw away from her mother’s place, at around 3pm at Mokgopeetsana ward. The Midweek Sun learns that the two were lovers, but from the interviews with each of the two families involved, there seems to be a disagreement on their relationship status. According to Mogomotsi’s mother Kelesaletse Gofetolwang, her daughter left home for Gaborone the previous Saturday in the afternoon ostensibly to collect her clothes from her cousin.

Tlokweng isn’t burning, says Police boss

25th April 2018

Tlokweng Station Commander Robson Maleka has dismissed reports that Tlokweng village is slowly turning into a haven for criminal activity. Maleka was speaking to The Midweek Sun to shed light in the aftermath of a rape wave that recently rocked the village. “I cannot deny that there are criminal activities happening in Tlokweng. However, they are not as scary as people paint them to be, if that was the case we would be having records to prove it but we have none,” he said. His official records show that seven women were raped from November 2017 to April 2018.

Hope for my people

20th April 2018

Last week I wrote about my experiences with dating and the importance of disclosing one’s HIV status early on in these relationships. Although I first tested HIV positive in 2007, I was in denial of the results up until I decided to test again in 2010. During these three years, I was eager to learn new things about HIV/AIDS. Everything that was said and how I physically appeared went hand in hand. It was a wakeup call for me.  I was weak. I lost a lot of weight; even my skin colour had changed. I also had a herpes zoster. The first person I told was my cousin who I confided in because of how we got along. I urge people to always weigh their priorities, make informed decisions on who you are disclosing to as some take it as a laughable thing. In 2010 when I came back from the clinic with my health card written a bold “positive,” I got home and gave my elder sister my patient record where “positive” appeared in bold font. I expected judgment, criticism, and rejection, but it came out the opposite. She was supportive and her husband, from whom I also expected the worst, told me ‘o seka wa itlhoboga o tla fola, (don’t give up now, you will be alright.)

PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING

20th April 2018

We have all at one point in our lives come in contact with that individual who is fond of gambling or playing “mataese” and can’t live without doing it. Such fellows may suffer from pathological gambling - a disorder many take lightly. Pathological gambling is a habit and impulse control disorder in which an individual has frequent and repeated episodes of gambling which have a significant bearing on their social, occupational, material and family commitments. It has mostly affected 1% of world population, though the numbers may be higher. Individuals with pathological gambling do not easily admit to having problems. They have an accelerated denialism and no awareness on the problem, making it difficult to address it.

Beware: Rapists on the prowl

18th April 2018

There was a sigh of relief in Tlokweng last week when news broke out that two Zimbabwean nationals Progressive Ndlovu and Nfakazi Ndlovu were arrested.

Mochudi East showdown

18th April 2018

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is going all out to reclaim the Mochudi East constituency as Bakgatla go to the polls in a Saturday by-election.

Manyapetsa tells UDC to pay back his money

18th April 2018

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) activist Lotty Manyapetsa has called on Umbrella for Democratic Change to pay back his money that he contributed towards investigations into the late Gomolemo Motswaledi’s death.

80 000 people in Botswana have Diabetes

18th April 2018

Diabetes has increased in Africa between 1990 and 2015 due to rapid development and urbanisation, which were seen as a boon among economists, but now has health experts worried for the future.

Kenewendo: Masisi's golden girl

18th April 2018

Her first name, Bogolo, denotes ‘greatness’ in Setswana and she has lived up to it. Tall, slim and pretty, with bewitching beady eyes, Bogolo Kenewendo has made a positive impression on many with her intellect and visionary outlook.

Zambian journalists suspended over Masisi error

18th April 2018

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has left a stink among journalists in Zambia where he was recently on a state visit.

Former MP Mshingwe’s burial this weekend

18th April 2018

Former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Member of Parliament for Chobe Gibson Mshingwe will be buried in Kasane this weekend, the party has said.