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“Govt doesn’t care about Basarwa” – Khwedom Council

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As rain clouds gather above the Boteti skies, the clouds dance seductively but the scorching heat hits hard to dismiss any hope of rain pelts. The veldt is warm with backdrops of the cold. There is little sign of life as it is midweek. Ocassionally, a bird flies in the sky and a forlorn figure can be seen ducking in the forest. The life of the Basarwa in the Boteti is not only lonely but frightening too.
They live far away from resources. “As things stand, these people have to travel long distances to access basic services such as schools and health posts.

Some children get tired and frustrated from the up and down and end up dropping out of school,” said Botswana Khwedom Council public relations officer Banyatsi Salutu. In this forsaken area, having ambitions is a luxury. There isn’t much to do beyond being idle and if one has the energy, fornicating. Boteti is a mineral rich area and one would expect that the standard of living would be better. Instead, the opposite is the reality. Poverty and hopelessness are rife in the area.

“We have had more than four cases of women who gave birth in the open veldt or even kombis as they tried to make their way to hospitals to give birth. A special fare on a taxi is P25 and most of them cannot afford that money because there is no employment; they end up giving birth here, with no proper care,” said Salutu. When residents see outsiders, they flock to them like birds to carrion, hoping to salvage something. Most of the residents, particularly Basarwa, live in abject poverty. The area is undeveloped and improverished and puts a blot on Botswana’s development record. Although diamonds are mined in the area, the people here have nothing to show for it.

Their humour masks frustration and pain. They not only lack basic amenities but also pride and self identity; their dignity is gone, like that of a village harlot whose only sense of pride is once being desired, if only for five minutes. Speaking to The Midweek Sun recently, Botswana Khwedom Council public relations officer Banyatsi Salutu claimed that Basarwa were better off when De Beers operated in the area. “They got us jobs and cared,” he said.

Things changed when Debswana took over. “Basarwa were struck off the work roll and we were pushed out and treated like rubbish. It has been a roller coaster ride since then.” However, Debswana’s Matshidiso Kamona refutes this claim, insisting they follow the National Employment Act.

While she could not divulge much before engaging the personnel in Orapa/Letlhakane, she was aware that the Khwedom Council had presented some grievances. She asked for a questionnaire which she had not responded to by press time.

Salutu said that they wanted government to engage them on issues affecting the Basarwa and other indigenous tribes in Botswana. The Botswana Khwedom Council was registered by Registrar of Societies in 2008 and purpots to represent minority tribes and stands against the abuse and oppression of the Bakhwe (Basarwa). Salutu said it was horrible how issues affecting Basarwa continue to be treated with indifference, claiming that some politicians only showed interest in their plight for political mileage and were not really concerned with their condition.

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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.

The Prophet responds
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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