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25th April 2018

FAMILY SUPPORT CRITICAL FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

25th April 2018

I recently overheard one individual bashing out at health authorities for discharging their sister early from hospital despite being stable.

I can’t sell my soul – Khan

25th April 2018

Amidst the pomp and fanfare that saw former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Secretary General Kentse Rammidi being welcomed back into the ruling party yesterday, insinuations filtered that Botswana National Front (BNF) Member of Parliament for Molepolole North, Mohammed Khan was one of the other big fish to be welcomed into the party some weeks to come. But Khan has refuted the rife allegations that he is about to join Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Information reaching this publication is that the BDP was using their Treasurer Satar Dada to recruit the long-time BNF stalwart.

Scramble for Francistown West divides BCP

25th April 2018

The worm has turned within the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) at the Francistown West constituency after Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and BCP leadership allegedly endorsed an agreement to swap constituencies such that the BCP gets Maun West and BMD gets Francistown. This deal will allow BCP President Dumelang Saleshando to contest for a parliamentary seat in Maun while the BMD has offered Francistown West to Botswana People’s Party (BPP). However, some members of BCP are allegedly engaged in secret meetings with a view to cross the floor to the BPP in order to position themselves for the 2019 general elections. According to the deal, BMD will hand over the constituency to BPP once the negotiations are done leaving disgruntled and dejected faces at BCP. Those who spoke anonymously were furious that the constituency is their stronghold and that they were likely to win in the following general elections having won it twice through Vain Mamela and Habaodi Hubona.

Rammidi spoils UDC victory bash

25th April 2018

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.

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.

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.

BIG FAT LIES

20th April 2018

BUSTED: If you think your ulcers are acting up because of the curry you ate last night for dinner, think again. Although doctors once believed that ulcers were caused by stress, lifestyle choices or spicy foods, they now know that most ulcers are actually caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
Ulcers sores that develop in the lining of the esophagus, stomach or the first part of the small intestine can also be caused by certain medicines. Aspirin and iron tablets are the most common culprits, according to Dr. Arun Swaminath, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Programme in New York City.

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.