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Taxi driver stabs another



A taxi driver in Francistown stabbed another with a knife on his upper thigh in full view of customers in a fight over customers.Tineni Kenalemang, 33, who hails from Sebina village, told The Midweek Sun that on that fateful day in June this year, he was at the Francistown bus and taxi rank queueing for customers like any other normal day without knowing that it would be his last day at the rank.

Kenalemang said the accused person was in front of him but decided to leave his vehicle without alerting either the taxi registrar or Kenalemang where he was going. “Since I was right behind him, I loaded a passenger bound to Kgaphamadi location since I knew that most of my colleagues refuse such customers. “When my car was full, my colleague arrived and demanded that all the passenger’s should alight from my vehicle to board his taxi, but they refused and instructed me to drive them in my car.

“All of a sudden my colleague drove in front and blocked me. I thought he was joking like we usually do during such simple misunderstandings at the rank,’’ Kenalemang revealed. He said that the other driver left his keys inside his vehicle and remarked that he was going to sort him out. Again he took the threat lightly and alighted from his car to remove the car blocking his. As he moved to the other car, the angry colleague took out a knife and stabbed him without warning on his upper right thigh leaving a deep wound, which gushed out blood onto the car bonnet and the pavement. Realising what had happened, Kenalemang quickly jumped inside his taxi and drove to central police and reported the matter. The police took him to hospital where the wound was stitched over 20 times.

Now, Kenalemang is afraid of going back to the rank.Francistown Police Station Commander Lebalang Maniki confirmed the incident but refuted claims that the state has been dragging its feet regarding the case. He said a case can be delayed by a variety of factors before it is brought before a prosecutor or magistrate for trial.

Regarding this case, he said the complainant has since approached them and that they have identified eyewitnesses that were present at the scene as well as other prospective state witnesses.
For his part, Kenalemang was pleasantly surprised at the sudden turn of events. “I was completely surprised today when they (Police) started taking action after you guys (The Sun) made an inquiry through their station commander”, he said.The accused person is said to have been slapped with a single count of causing grievous bodily harm.

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BRING IT ON Ignatius Moswaane ready to serve Francistown West again



READY TO LEAD AGAIN: Francistown West MP Ignatius Moswaane

Ignatius Moswaane is a former Francistown City Mayor and he served as Monarch Councillor until he took over the reigns as Francistown West constituency in 2014. The constituency had been in the hands of the late Tshelang Masisi before Moswaane took over.

Now the outspoken MP is ready to defend it.
He lists the construction of an additional secondary school at Gerald Estate, the undertaking of a P36 million streetlights project and construction of a road network at Monarch among some of his achievements both as Councillor and later MP.

“The peripheral servicing of the planned Central Business District (CBD) at Gerald Estate has been completed.  “Over and above that we have used the P10 million community development money from government to build houses, some of which we are renting out to public servants.“We have divided the constituency into three (3) clusters and each will have a multi-purpose recreational hall,” said the Botswana Democratic (BDP) Member of Parliament (MP).

He added that Gerald Estates and Phase 6 in Monarch will soon have a local center each owned by the VDC which will lease the shopping area to business. Moswaane initiated Monarch Development Centre to help the youth access government economic projects by, among other things, doing business plans for them for free. His next phase is to push for industrialisation of Francistown by using local resources. “Besides, Francistown must become an industrial hub for the region where, instead of SADC countries going all the way to Johannesburg and Durban to collect their cargo, the cargo is brought to the Francistown airport from their source be it Asia, or where ever by plane for the owner to collect the cargo here.

Our airport is under-utilised at the moment,” he noted. Another way of creating employment is for government to increase its efforts of using ISPAAD to help small scale farmers next to Francistown to grow fruits and vegetables to the extent that we do not import anything. Moswaane regrets government’s slow pace on allocating plots at Gerald Estates. “Since 2012 some 2500 plots have been serviced yet a lot of people from as far back as 1990s are on the waiting list because government is yet to allocate the plots.

The Minister had promised that the process would commence in December last year but nothing has thus far happened. If elected, I will follow up on the matter,” pledged the MP. He is also of the view that more resources should be invested in Nyangabgwe to make it a health facility of choice. “It should be turned into a state of the art hospital where special medical care is provided to attract even people from outside the country. The residents of Francistown need a district hospital,” he observed.

If he returns to parliament, Moswaane will move that the Youth Development Fund (YDF) be increased from P120million to P1billion and the Gender Economic Empowerment Fund from P50 million to P1 billion as well. Moswaane believes the country should build more technical colleges and brigades to carter for the thousands of students who leave school every year without the necessary grade needed as the entry threshold to tertiary schools.

In 2014, Moswane garnered 5304 votes against second-placed Habaudi Hobona of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) who was voted in by 3461 voters. UDC was represented by Shatiso Tambula who managed a paltry 950 votes. This year Moswaane will have to fend off competition from Dira Moalosi of the Alliance for Progressives (AP) and Mbaakanyi Lenyatso of the UDC.

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka



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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