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Jazz artist refutes sexual harassment claims

Keletso Thobega

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Local jazz artist Phemelo ‘Fresh’ Lesokwane has rubbished claims that he solicits sexual favours from female artists. Over the weekend, this journalist received a voice note via Whatsapp from a man who later identified himself as Thabang.

On further inquiry he asked this reporter to speak to known BOMU President Pagson Ntsie, who confirmed that he had caught heed of the claims and said that BOMU did not condone sexual harassment against women. “Such acts chase women from the music industry,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lesokwane, who came to The Midweek Sun offices, said that he did not even know the woman who claimed he solicited sex from her. “I have never engaged her face-to-face. I only know her from a distance. The only time I heard of her is when she wanted to join my band. I refused because I already have enough back up singers,” he said. The former kwasa kwasa artist claimed that the young woman was used to doing this in efforts to solicit money. “I have heard that she is broke and does that when she wants money. She once got Tebatso Hule arrested after claiming he raped her and also got a certain promoter called Modubule in hot water under similar claims. So how do you take such a person serious?”

The former BDF soldier showed this reporter recent Whatsapp communication between the two in which Lesokwane accuses the lady of defaming him. The lady in turn tells him to go ahead and take legal action against her. Lesokwane further said that he had met with the lady’s uncle, who is a jazz artist, Clement Jackson and they had agreed to solve the matter as a family. “I wanted to sue her but how do I sue someone who does not even have any money to her name,” he said. Lesokwane said that some people had the habit of spreading false rumours to tarnish others’ image.

He claimed that all these people were “planted” by his enemies in BOMU who were scared that they would be exposed following the recent Registrar of Societies ruling that the Ntsie administration was illegitimate. “They can say what they want, I know the truth. If you are going to accuse me of any wrongdoing then you must show the evidence and proof,” he said. He also rubbished claims that he went around siring offsprings and had a total of 12 children.

“What does that have to do with anything?” he asked cheekily. When contacted for comment, the woman who made the claims, identified as Ayanda, confirmed that she had sent the voice note but refused to be drawn into any discussion on the matter. “I sent that voice message to a few people in a Whatsapp group. I did not know that it would be circulated and do not want to speak to journalists.”

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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