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They were deeply in love

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When Mpho Teseletso saw Stephen Ramoshabati Mokgalagadi and his girlfriend Daisy Mogojwe this past Saturday night at the bars in Block 6, he did not know that in a few hours he would be seeing their bodies burnt.

At least that is what he tells The Midweek Sun reporter YVONNE MOOKA and photographer BOTSANG MOITOI. The horrific death of the youthful couple has left the nation reeling in shock.
According to Teseletso, Mokgalagadi and his girlfriend were an inseparable pair that enjoyed their beer. He says Mokgalagadi was a respectful mechanic who was loved by all for his friendly character. “They were very much in love and wherever he was, they were always together. Teseletso’s face turned pale as he spoke about seeing the couple after a few hours, burnt to ashes in their one-roomed house. “I saw them happy together and I also saw them dead beyond recognition. It’s so sad,” he says.

Upon arrival at the scene on Sunday morning when the incident was reported, The Midweek Sun crew found people gathered in front of the yard. Gaborone West Police officers and fire men were moving up and down to remove the burnt bodies. It was quite tense. People were restricted from entering the yard where the bodies lay inside the house. Smoke was still smouldering. Unfortunately, entry was restricted to the police and firemen only. “We cannot allow you to come inside the yard because this is still a fresh incident and very sensitive,” said G. West Police Station Commander Supt. Onious Madziba. He said the incident was reported to them around 6am on Sunday but would not divulge any further details as they were still trying to identify the deceased and to locate their families.

They were in love

The Midweek Sun was back at the scene on Monday where neighbours spoke about the couple. Contrary to the conflict and suicide theories that some suggested, a neighbour, Lorraine Baitshoki, dismissed all as not plausible, saying the two were deep in love, and that she saw them every day happy and drinking together. Even on Saturday, she saw them drinking in front of their house with a man who stays in their rented two and half house. The Midweek Sun learned that the couple was staying in Mogojwe’s house that she inherited from her late mother.

She was working for Ipelegeng while Mokgalagadi was a mechanic. “It looked like they had money that day because they had been drinking since Friday. On Saturday, they were drinking in front of their house with their tenant,” she says.

She caught wind of a horrible odour around 5am and did not know where it was coming from. She woke up, went outside to find out where it could be coming from. “I was met by their tenant breaking their door. Their house roof was on fire. He was shouting that people have burnt inside the house. And he rushed to fetch water trying to put off the flames on Mogojwe’s body, who was lying lifeless behind the door, with no hands and legs on her,” she said. She then phoned the police and fire department.

Baitshoki’s take is that the couple was over-drenched in alcohol, and may have left the candle burning. Her suspicion is that the burning candle was near the cylinder gas, which fuelled the fire. “I think they were killed by the strong smoke. From the look of things, the man had tried to escape through the window but couldn’t. He was in a worse state as with him it was only bones left,” she said.

By Monday, the smoke from the house could still be felt in the air. People still came to see for themselves. There was a small gas cylinder, some water bottles and everything inside was literally burnt.
Superintendent Madziba told The Midweek Sun on Tuesday that Mogojwe was 36 and Mokgalagadi, 41. The former was from Metsibotlhabe and the boyfriend from Mahalapye. He said that the fire department had taken samples to investigate the cause of the fire. The police boss advised people to be careful when using candles. “Don’t place it near risky house items as they may catch the flame. And put it off before going to bed,” he said.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC

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Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.

He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.

“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.

So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.

He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”

Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.

He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.

According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

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In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.

In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.

“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.

The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.

At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.

Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.

The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.

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Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.

It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.

The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.

This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.

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