Serial rapist faces 75 years in jail

A convicted serial rapist Thatayaone Nka (30) who was slapped with a 45-year jail term for three rape charges plus 30 strokes of the cane on his bare buttocks by a Francistown magistrate Dumisani Basupi returned to court Tuesday to answer for two more rape charges. These charges resurfaced following his conviction last year. The notorious Nka who was convicted of three counts of rape appeared before Principal Magistrate, Thebeitsile Mulalu on Tuesday. The magistrate threw out his application for a permanent stay of prosecution for a rape offence he allegedly committed on 23 February 2016 on a school girl. The magistrate argued that the delay in prosecuting the case was not a deliberate move since the magistrate in question had been transferred to another department giving the prosecution no choice but to keep on postponing the matter. Trial date for the matter was then set for 29th May 2018. Still before the same magistrate, another of Nka’s rape cases involving another student was mentioned and the facts of the case read to the accused. He pleaded not guilty and asked court to move the case to another magistrate. Magistrate Mulalu did not have any objections as he said that another magistrate will be allocated the case as per the wish of the accused person. The court learnt that Nka targeted lone school girls at hiking spots in the morning and offered them a ride in his white truck before viciously threatening and raping them at knife point or a screw driver after turning to any nearby bush. If convicted for the two pending rape charges, Nka is likely to face a 75 year jail term in the event he is slapped with a minimum sentence of 15 years per offence.

16th April 2018

Beaten, battered, raped

16th April 2018

After four years of a sustained campaign of psychological, emotional and physical abuse by her ex-husband that was designed, she believes, to make her feel worthless, Jane* left her home with only a blanket and her most prized possession - her daughter. The 35-year-old lecturer at the Gaborone Technical College gave a heart-wrenching testimony of how she survived an abusive marriage against the odds at the St Augustine Theological School recently. She shared how at 19 years old, she was forced to get married after she fell pregnant, after all she had embarrassed her family, herself and the church by falling pregnant out of wedlock. Even before getting married, signs of abuse in the relationship were there according to Jane.

Batshu’s fall linked to Bushiri

16th April 2018

It was a big jubilee for Enlightened Christian Gathering church members and Prophet Shepherd Bushiri followers when Minister Edwin Batshu was dropped from cabinet last week. Their take is simple: He messed up with the wrong man in Bushiri. They are adamant that it was the prayers of Major One that removed the former Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Batshu from cabinet because ‘he had been giving the church a hard time.’ The battle between the two parties started last year when government denied Major One permission to enter the country, by requiring a VISA from him. Other court issues arose, with government accusing the leadership of running an illegal church.

Public transport travel, a nightmare

16th April 2018

Travelling by public transport has turned into a nightmare for most passengers. If it is not the dirty, torn car seats and safety belts, it is the loud music or the overloading. For daily public transport commuters, nothing is more painful than being dressed in classy and fancy wear only to be squeezed in seats simply because the drivers want to make an extra buck by overloading. Overloading is a common phenomenon during rush hours (morning and evenings) because passengers will be having limited options to refuse the unfair treatment.

Churches must fight GBV atrocities – Mmereki-Burns

16th April 2018

Churches that remain silent in the face of gender injustice are renouncing their role, says the fourth Vice President under Gender and Development at the Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) Bonolo Mmereki-Burns. Addressing a workshop organised by the Anglican Diocese of Botswana Guilds, Mmereki-Burns urged faith communities to take a lead role in fighting gender-based violence (GBV). She said while the church is a place of love, acceptance, healing and forgiveness, it also has a duty to speak boldly about atrocities most of which are committed towards women and girls such as sexual, emotional and physical abuse, early marriages even if it has been taboo to do so.

Japanese NGOs offer Batswana orphans a lifetime chance

16th April 2018

A delegation of Ashinaga - a Japan-based non-profit organisation that provides educational and emotional support to orphaned students - will visit Botswana this week Thursday to Saturday to screen candidates for the 100-Year Vision Scholarship Program for 2018. An official of the Embassy of Japan in Botswana Uemura Yoshihiro said the representatives include Yoshihiro Imamura, the Director,  Ashinaga Uganda and Sarah Bourenane , Staff, Ashinaga USA. Imamura holds MA in Pubic Management and boasts 18 years in Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); one year with Ashinaga as well as six years with Local Government in Japan. In a brief to the media, Yoshihiro said that Ashinaga has supported over 95,000 orphans in the last 45 years, and many of its graduates are actively contributing to society in a variety of fields across the world.

BFA headquarters hit again

28th March 2018

Criminals have once again hit Lekidi Centre- the Botswana Football Association’s headquarters- this time getting away with national team uniforms in what appears to be an inside job. This publication has reliably learnt that over 42 tracksuits, assortment of casual wear used by senior national team players and officials while on camp was stolen in the first week of March and, or earlier in the storeroom The incident happens just within a month after Botswana Police arrested two officers for allegedly stealing funds amounting to P608. 532. 40 from the Association.

Long distance marriages tear families apart – Bishop Beleme

28th March 2018

Transferring couples to areas far away from their spouses affects marriages and the stability of family life. This was said by chairperson of the Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) also Bishop of the Anglican Church in Botswana, Reverend Metlhayotlhe Beleme during the launch of the Tsholofelong Children and Youth Trust in Gaborone. Beleme said the continued breakdown of the family unit in Botswana contributed to moral degeneration in society, and in turn led to high divorce, infidelity and abuse in communities.

HIV activist, 72, plans 500KM charity walk

28th March 2018

HIV/AIDS activist and Founder of Thusang Bana Centre, Stanley Monageng, is set to go on a 500km charity walk on May 1, to raise funds for the establishment of structures for the upkeep of orphans under his care. Uncle Stan, as the beloved 72-year old is known, has been running the charity in Molepolole for over a year now, which helps children whose parents have died from HIV/AIDS. With a complementary staff of 25 volunteers, Thusang Bana currently supports around 30 children between the ages of a month to six years old and 16 young people.

The essence of being a woman

28th March 2018

Tebogo LebotseSebego (PCH) She started playing netball in 1984 at Primary School and played through University and beyond. As a netball athlete, she has captained both the Under 21 and Botswana Senior Netball Teams. In 2007, she became the President of Botswana Netball Association, a position she fiercely held until last year. In 2017 she initiated Basadi Bomme Trust, which advocates for and solicits resources and support for various women sporting codes.

BOFEPUSU protests against sleaze and corruption start today

28th March 2018

Botswana Federation of Public Parastatal and Private Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) is planning a demonstration against corruption today (Wednesday) in Gaborone. The Federation has invited political parties, other unions, churches and the civil society to join them in the demonstration. Acting Secretary General of the Federation, Mogomotsi Motshegwa said everything is in order. He said they have mobilised various sectors of the society to join them in the demonstrations.

UDC failed itself in Ralekgetho – Monare

28th March 2018

Defeated Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) council candidate for Ralekgetho Ward Johnson Monare says the party has a lot to do in voter education to counter Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Monare who is a former councillor for the Ward lost the bye-election over the weekend to Omphile Motlhajwe of BDP. Monare got 233 votes against Motlhajwe’s 339 while Mothusiemang Malwetse of Alliance for Progressives (AP) came third with 45 votes. In an interview with this publication after results were announced Monare stated that people knew little about the new UDC symbol.

Francistown City Council owed P102 million in rates

23rd March 2018

Mayor of Francistown, Sylvia Muzila has expressed concern that non collection of rates, building materials loans, service levy arrears and other council charges are hampering a lot of intended developments in the city. Speaking during the just ended full council meeting, she said that the council is owed P102, 956,572.60 as rates to date. For this financial year alone, the council only managed to collect P14, 001,052.90 meaning that FCC needs to encourage people to use the channels that are in place to pay rates.