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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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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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