Govt clamps down on illegal Churches

This morning at the Gaborone High Court, Judge Terrance Rannowane will hear a case in which Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) seeks to stop government from closing their church in Botswana. ECG launched an urgent application to allow the church to operate, which was heard this past Sunday but Rannowane threw out the application saying the matter was not urgent. At the church premises in Gaborone West on Sunday, it was business as usual. Church service went on unhindered and it was in fact packed to the rafters. There was no mention of the ongoing case and most members this reporter attempted to speak to were hostile. They were not forthcoming and most asserted that, “no one could touch the man of God and his flock.”

18th January 2018

Brief victory for Bushiri followers

17th January 2018

Judge Justice Rannowe has ruled that the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) in Botswana be allowed to operate until such a time when authorities issues a documented directive that stipulates otherwise. He made this ruling at the Gaborone High Court this morning after the church appealed a supposed directive for police to shut down the church with immediate effect. “The first respondents should not close the applicant’s church based on the circumstances of this matter unless there is express authority from the second respondent for them to do so. This application is therefore withdrawn,” he stated. Thatayaone Noke of Noke Attorneys represented the applicant, while G Begani, BG Mosweu and KM Tshebo represented the respondents. The Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) will operate in Botswana until such a time when the Registrar of Societies issues a directive that stipulates otherwise.

New era for Zimbos as Mugabe steps down

22nd November 2017

A New Era has finally dawned for Zimbabwe. There may be no real change of guard from Zimbabwe National Union Patriotic Front ZANU (PF), but the conditions are in place to ensure a transition to true democracy. This is because President Robert Mugabe finally bowed to pressure and resigned voluntarily as the country’s head of state yesterday.

Boago Modiisane: First Motswana Optometrist

22nd November 2017

After more than two decades as an optometrist, Boago Modiisane tells RACHEL RADITSEBE how he got into the field, how he serves the community and why the job continues to fulfill him.

Govt. reinstates Mphathi as Botash MD

22nd November 2017

Government has reinstated with immediate effect Montwedi Mphathi, as Botash Managing Director of Botash. Mphathi was recently dismissed by the board from his lucrative post. The reason for his reinstatement is that the Botash board took an unilateral decision to relieve him the position without first consulting other stakeholders in particular, Government and or minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Sadique Kebonang.

Khama joins Zim fray on the side of the downtrodde

22nd November 2017

President Ian Khama never shies away from telling the embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe the painful truth. Yesterday, a day after he had said in a Monday morning Gabz FM interview that President Mugabe must resign, President Ian Khama proved the seriousness of the assertion when he wrote a letter to Mugabe urging him to resign from his post.

Molefhe survived 8 gunshots and lived to tell her story

22nd November 2017

Malebogo Molefhe, a survivor of multiple shooting laments that it is not always easy for victims to come out and share their ordeal. She was shot eight (8) times by her army ex-boyfriend in 2009 in an incident that left her confined to the wheelchair due to complicated injuries to her spinal cord. Like any other brutal shooting survivor, reliving the moment brings tears to her eyes. Nevertheless, Molefhe has managed to gather herself up and is currently an active activist for Gender Based Violence against Women and Children. She uses her story to educate young women and boys who might be going through a similar situation or even worse and not knowing how to deal with it.

Kgosi Sekai begins work as Kgafela’s deputy

22nd November 2017

BaKgatla-ba-Kgafela Deputy Chief, Kgosi Bana Sekai started his duties at Mochudi Kgotla last week Friday immediately after Minister Slumber Tsogwane had consulted the Morafe. Kgosi Sekai told The Midweek Sun this week that he met the Tribal Administration Department Tuesday morning to let them know he has no office. He is confident that the matter will be resolved expediently.

Rapist, murderer of 81-year old woman loses appeal

22nd November 2017

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by convicted burglar and rapist, Potso Sebataladi. At 15 years old, Sebataladi brutally killed an 81-year-old woman after raping her. Other offences he committed at that time included burglary, stealing from a dwelling house, aggravated rape accompanied by injurious violence and manslaughter. In 2014, Lobatse High Court Judge, Michael Leburu sentenced him to four years imprisonment for burglary, three years for stealing, 15 years for aggravated rape and 15 years for manslaughter. The old lady died as a result of the serious injuries inflicted upon her. All the sentences were ordered to run concurrently and to also run concurrently with any other sentences he was serving.

Moitoi eyed for VP before she quits politics

22nd November 2017

 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Dr Pelonomi Moitoi has announced that she will not be standing for elections in 2019. This is the second time she is saying this. Two years ago she went around addressing meetings in her constituency that she would not be standing for election in 2019.But after losing her bid to become chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) she was alleged to be considering standing for election again. But this week Dr Venson-Moitoi, who is addressed as ‘The Mother of House’ in Parliament, confirmed that she will not be standing for election in 2019. She was responding to the President Ian Khama’s State of Nation Address (SONA) that was delivered three weeks ago.

Motswana shot 11 times in South Africa

22nd November 2017

Reports making rounds allege that Botswana born Mpho Modimakwane (42) was shot 11 times at an unconfirmed farm in South Africa last week. Modimakwane is alleged to have been shot in the hip by his employer, a white man. He was also hit with the butt of a gun on the head. Reports from South African media suggest that the white man shot Modimakwane in self-defence because Modimakwane was threatening to kill both the white man and his son. Moreover, Modimakwane is reported to have also threatened to kill one of his colleagues at the farm a day before the alleged shooting incident.

Local chapter of AU Youth Club launched

22nd November 2017

The African Union (AU) Botswana Chapter representative Katlego Mosiane and southern Africa regional coordinator Shamil Agosi have urged youth to be proactive in creating a future that encapsulates their dreams. Speaking at the launch of the AU Botswana youth club on Saturday at the University of Botswana, they noted that Batswana youth should play an active role in achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063, a 50-year plan for creating a desirable Africa.

Campaign against drugs abuse in Mahalapye schools a hit with teachers

22nd November 2017

The ‘Stop Drug Abuse-Drugs Are Not Cool’ movement walk by G’Word that started early this month seems to be a favourite programme for teachers in Mahalapye where the team currently is. They have so far walked 200 km on their way to Francistown, while raising awareness about drugs and alcohol abuse in village kgotlas and schools. Phemelo Segale, a volunteer with Youth Of Hope Safe Haven Organisation (YOSHO) says that teachers of different schools particularly in Mahalapye have expressed vast interest in their programme.

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