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SADC must intervene in Masisi-Khama bad blood

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Local political analyst Ndulamo Morima says the bad blood between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Lt Gen. Ian Khama has the potential to divide the nation along tribal lines.

Besides causing unnecessary tensions in the country, the animosity is also likely to scare off foreign investors since Khama, who has some few months into his retirement is still very popular locally and internationally due to ties he acquired when he was still Botswana leader before his end of term on the 1st of April 2018.

Although the bad blood has been unfolding for a while now, mediation by Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) elders has thus far not borne any fruits. Morima attributes this failure to bring both men to the table on the eleders’ factional affiliation in BDP.

“With that in mind, I think the SADC former heads of State including the likes of Thabo Mbeki, Motlanthe and others should take note of the local situation and step in to broker peace which seems to be at stake. The end result of the animosity between the two can go a long way in causing havoc not only to Botswana but SADC as a region,” he pointed out.

His sentiments come after Khama snubbed a kgotla meeting in Serowe village that was addressed by Masisi whom he endorsed at the same platform on his way to retirement. Khama would later attend a kgotla meeting in Palapye where he complained that government barred some public officers from attending.

Masisi has since distanced himself from the reported fall-out, saying reports of animosity were a figment of the imagination on those who want to fuel unnecessary conflict. He said this at the Serowe kgotla meeting, where he added that all he is doing is to continue where his predecessors left.

On the other hand, Khama has on several occasions suggested and even confirmed in various media interviews that there was indeed some cold war between himself and the Masisi administration.

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka

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CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone

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LITTLE EISTEIN: Wame Kangumbe

Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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