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PPP weeps again

Yvonne Mooka

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Former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Tonota South Member of Parliament Pono Moatlhodi was at it again last Saturday when he cried in front of multitudes gathered at Semotswane Primary School.

It was prize giving ceremony for pupils and PPP, as Moatlhodi is affectionately known, was among the invited dignitaries. The guest speaker at the event was Tonota resident Gosaitse Lemeku, a 31 year-old who grew up poor and raised single-handedly by his mother. Lemeku said his family was the laughing stock of the village with a dilapidated house that was closed with a dustbin as they had no money to buy a decent door. His mother could not afford to buy him school uniform and other items required at school. “I was the poorest among the rest at school. My mother was not working and life was hard, but I was determined to excel and change her situation,” he said.

All the while, Moatlhodi was listening attentively. The young man would then pause and become emotional as he spoke about how PPP played a major role in his life. He said that the former MP managed to convince social workers that he qualified for welfare support.

‘’They had rejected me saying my mother was alive and active and that she should work, but you see this man here, he went all out to ensure they enrol me under their programme. They listened to him. Rre Moatlhodi also bought me a school cup branded my name, and food basket whenever he visited me at school. He also gave me P300 to look for tertiary institution after my Cambridge,” said the Limkokwing University BSc in Information Technology graduate.

At this time, PPP had moved from his chair and knelt down as if praying with folded hands. As Lemeku continued to express gratitude, PPP who could no longer control his tears from rolling down his cheeks stood up and went and hugged him. He would then go back to his seat and continued crying.

In a later interview with The Midweek Sun, Moatlhodi spoke fondly of Lemeku. “He has always been a hard worker and highly determined with a positive mindset. He is a serious visionary and I see him taking this nation far. Even though his upbringing and family background were tough, he never let anything deter him from achieving his dreams. I get emotional thinking about him,” he said, adding that he convinced social workers to help him with school uniform and food basket.

Moatlhodi is famous for crying easily. He wept openly as his uncle Joseph Montsho was chased away from a Botswana Democratic Party meeting in 2008. In 2015, he cried when he explained the struggle the residents of Jamataka endured to attain village status in 2001.

Lemeku owns an IT company called Lemeku Trackers Technology which deals with ICT solutions and general supplies. He also runs Gosa Motors which sells cars and Mind Space, a construction company. He has adopted several schools in Tonota and assists with sponsorship during events. Meanwhile, Lemeku advised students to keep working hard and to focus on their studies. He called on parents to take active participation in their children’s education. Obakeng Sengwaketse of ‘Se tengsediba’ hit entertained the guests.

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‘My life is a living hell’

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A Zimbabwean double amputee, Gift Ncube who received a lot of public sympathy after a farmer, Keitumetse Khunou shot him in 2013 over a payment dispute thereafter losing both arms, says that his life is a living hell.

This is because his former employer, Khonuo has not honoured terms of agreement to compensate him for his lost arms. As of September 2017, the two through their lawyers agreed on an out of court settlement in which Khonou undertook to give him 20 goats and eight heads of cattle to start a new life. Khunou, through his lawyers K. Sekgabo Attorneys further proposed to transfer his rights and title in respect of his only residential house consisting of a two-bedroom house, main house with two rooms, toilet bath and a kitchen situated at Radisele.

They also agreed that they were going to pay, Ncube a sum of P100 000, which was proposed to be paid on or before the end of May 2018. However, Ncube through his lawyers, Chibanda Makgelemele & Co said May was far and proposed end of February 2018, which was accepted.

At one point, the parties agreed to pay P125 000 from the initial P130 000 demanded by Ncube, but Khunou’s lawyers said he could pay him P22 000 per month commencing December 1, 2017.
Narrating his story, Ncube cut a frustrated figure. “I now knock on people’s doors, asking for money to buy food. This is not who I am and who I had thought I’d be at any point in my life. This man has destroyed my life and I’m finding it hard to accept that I don’t have my hands,” he said.

He stated that Khunou’s lawyers had told him that their client was not cooperative. “They even told me to seek the assistance of the media,” he said, adding that life is hard as he has a three year old daughter to look after.

As of May 7, 2018, the parties went to the High Court where there was also another settlement made regarding compensation. Khunou signed to give Ncube his plot in Radisele, with its two houses. The agreement was that should he fail to procure transfer of the property to Ncube through the Landboard, then he shall within six months of failure to procure transfer cause it to be sold at a price to be agreed by both parties and the proceeds shall be paid to Ncube.

The agreement also entailed eight cows and 20 goats, and P130 000 payment in installments of P5 470 per month commencing March 31, 2018 until May 1, 2020. The court papers have the certificate of Customary Court Grant, which is yet to be given to Ncube.

The shooting incident happened at Khunou’s ploughing field at Diphateng lands near Radisele where he had temporarily engaged Ncube to de-bush his field.Meanwhile, Ncube said he has opened an account with a local bank where he wanted to save money for Myo-electric prosthesis. Quotations from Gaborone Private Hospital show that he needs P172 500 to get it done. The system consists of wrist insert, wrist/elbow unit, functional hand, prosthetic glove, cable above elbow, harness above elbow and prosthetic sheath.

Khunou’s lawyer Kgololesego Segabo confirmed that there was a settlement agreed that was signed between his client and Ncube. “What is left is for my client to act on the agreement. He is in the process of mobilising resources to honour the agreement,” he said.

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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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