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No condoms to singles

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Kanye Seventh Day Adventist Hospital does not issue contraceptives such as condoms to singles.

The Christian health facility located in the village held Botsogo Pitso Programme at Ra-Mongala ward, behind Mongala Mall Shopping Centre yesterday, where hospital management representatives disclosed that the hospital does not supply condoms to unmarried people, regardless of their age.

Residents heard that the hospital, which opens 24 hours and closes outpatient department only on weekends, intends to offer villagers best services. Many of the villagers expressed outrage at this policy. They said that they often return from the hospital unattended due to the hospital’s poor service. Thandie Moletsane, 41, said she recently visited the hospital to ask for contraceptives, but returned empty handed after being told that the hospital only provides those services to married couples.

When responding to Moletsane, one of the hospital management staff at the Pitso Programme, Mido Matsoga said it was true the hospital does not promote sex before marriage. “It is just like that, Ke tumelo ya kereke and the hospital’s way of operation, and it is never going to change,” she said.

Matsoga said the hospital offers sex education to the singles and encourage them to abstain from sex. She said that the hospital is currently experiencing shortage of nurses. “Most of our nurses were transferred, and we, as the hospital management have engaged the Health Ministry and asked them to replace the transferred nurses, but no action has been taken,” she said.

Another angry resident Keitiretse Tlhotlhe, 65, told The Midweek Sun that action should be taken against the hospital so that it offers services to everyone as it opens 24 hours.
“I am aware that the hospital does not provide contraceptives to singles and are trying by all means to prevent early indulgence in sex,” she said.

Ward councilor Kabelo Lemme, told the hospital management that they understand that Seventh Day Adventist Hospital is a Christian health facility, but it should understand that it offers services to the entire community of diverse beliefs.

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Boko has failed his constituency – Mokgethi



THROWING SALVO: Anna Mokgethi vows to turn around the fortunes of Gaborone Bonnington North

Botswana Democratic Party Parliamentary hopeful for Gaborone Bonnington North Annah Mokgethi says area Member of Parliament failed to utilise the P10million constituency Development Fund to develop the constituency.

Every year government allocates P10 million to each of the 57 constituencies for developments under the ministry of local government and rural development and councils coordinate the projects. Mokgethi told the media in Gaborone on Tuesday that UDC president who is also area MP, Duma Boko was supposed to have pushed for projects to be done in the constituency.“As we speak there is nothing but the constituency has been having an MP and councillors in the past five years. “Crime is high in the area because there are no streetlights in most of our roads. Our people are attacked under the cover of darkness. Our roads are still dusty but you take our neighbouring constituencies they have paved the roads using these funds.

“We are behind because our MP has neglected the constituency ever since he was voted into office. There is nothing that he can show as a development he advocated for under the fund,” she said.
Mokgethi, a lawyer by profession, will be launched this coming Sunday by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Since its inception in 2017 the fund has been marred by controversy as MPs argued that they are not being taken on board in the projects.Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who at the time was local government minister, said it was wrong for council secretaries to snub MPs when councils consult residents on developments to do with the fund.

Mokgethi told the media that representation is about service. She said she is willing to represent the people of Bonnington North. “The people of this constituency are yearning for representation. They need a representative who will have enough time on his/her hands to attend to their needs and interests. Someone who will have an ear inclined to their needs,” she stated.

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Keletso Thobega



BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL: Many did not believe Mhotsha could commit such a heinous crime

Broadhurst Magistrate Court came to a near standstill this past Friday when Lebogang Mhotsha appeared for mention on a conspiracy to robbery case.

Sporting a spiral braided hairstyle, the 30-year-old, who looked exhausted and agitated, turned heads with her pretty face with many in the crowd peering at her and commenting on how unfortunate it was for such a beautiful young woman to be implicated in a crime of such magnitude, where blood had been spilled.

There was a heavy presence of police officers, soldiers, DIS and members from Interpol in the court that was so packed that one had to take gulps of breath to avoid suffocating. All eyes were on Mhotsi, who unflinchingly stared ahead as the brief court proceedings got underway. Details presented before court are that Mhotsha of Mogoditshane is implicated in a conspiracy to robbery following the death of three Batswana men in South Africa on the 26 July 2019.

It is said that the victims were robbed of P350, 000, ten thousand US dollars and a Samsung J72 cell phone. The deceased men were part of a team of seven Batswana headed to Durban to purchase vehicles. They were attacked along the Swartruggens road in the North West area between Mafikeng and Rustenburg by six men who robbed them at gunpoint and made off with the money. The prosecutor in the case asked the court to give them an opportunity to complete their investigations, adding that they also want to engage Interpol to assist them.

Magistrate Tshepo Thedi remanded the accused in jail pending further investigation. Mhotsha will appear in court again on 22 August 2019 together with two other accused. Botswana and South African police jointly launched investigations into the matter to establish the circumstances that led to the incident. So far, preliminary investigations have revealed that the robbery was an act of conspiracy between the suspect, Mhotsha as well as local and South African associates.

The case gets more interesting as more accused come out of hiding. This past weekend a confession was extracted from two other suspects, Poloko Seduke and Kefilwe Ramoitoi both aged 38. The duo subsequently appeared before court on Monday facing the same charge of conspiracy to robbery. Although investigations are still ongoing to piece together the puzzles in this case, it is widely believed that the three accused are part of a bigger crime syndicate operating between Botswana and South Africa that targets Batswana who travel to Durban to buy cars.

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