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Japan’s GGP Coordinator at Gaborone Embassy, Reika Horio leaves Botswana



Coordinator of the Government of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Ms Reika Horio concludes her contract with the Embassy of Japan in Botswana on December 27.

She will leave Botswana the next day (December 28th) “for good,” she shared with The Midweek Sun. Horio described her two and half years of service for the betterment of Botswana as truly remarkable, an honour and “great pleasure,” which she will cherish in her future assignments.

The Government of Japan’s grant scheme ‘Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects’ (GGP) was first introduced in Botswana in 1997 to assist non-governmental organisations, educational institutes, medical institutes, and local governments. The grant supports people-centred, relatively small development projects of such organisations which have direct and
immediate impact on the well-being of disadvantaged communities at grassroots level.

Horio arrived in Botswana during the tenure of former Ambassador, Masahiro Onishi and is currently serving under Ambassador Kozio Takeda. During her service she presided over a total of 11 projects worth US$ 615, 817 that have brought an immense difference to the livelihoods of peoples in rural and remote areas. In the year 2016 alone, GGP provided $19,937 to Humana People to People to improve the Vocational Training Centre in Selebi Phikwe; $15,204 to Bobonong Community Home Based Care Trust to improve the Bobonong Community Farm; $78,459 to Okavango Sub District Council to construct a Pre-school in Tlhale Primary, Gumare; $76,175 to Tsabong Sub District Council to construct a Classroom Block at Mc Carthy’s Rust Primary School in Kgalagadi District and $18,795 to Zwenshambe Brigades to improve Auto-Mechanics Training Programme.

Again in 2017 the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects funded the construction of Oodi Pre-school in Kgatleng District to the tune of $67,505; Construction of Special Education Unit at Kgale Hill Junior Secondary School in South East District for $ 77,488 and construction of Malatswae Pre-school in Central District at a cost of $82,720. This year, the Grant funded the construction of Lerolwane Pre-school in Southern District at $86,400; Construction of Guidance & Counselling Block at Baratani Junior Secondary School for $46,884 as well as the construction of Guidance & Counselling Block at Motswasele Junior Secondary School
at the cost of $46,250.

Horio told The Midweek Sun that since the inception of the Grant Assistance scheme, a total 55 projects have either been built or assistsed in Botswana as at December 2018.

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BDP to crack whip on dissidents



Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is poised to crack the whip on members that attended last month’s “illegal” Serowe meeting that was allegedly called by the Central Region party elders.

The meeting was to discuss what transpired during the regional congress where President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi was endorsed as the preferred candidate to lead the party against the recommended name of Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

The party has since scheduled disciplinary hearings for the affected members following a complaint letter from Steady Sethaba – Chairman of Serowe West Branch dated March 1st 2019.
About 28 people have been listed in the complaint letter as some of the attendants. Dr Khama and Dr Venson-Moitoi have not been listed in the complaint letter, although they were present as well as Member of Parliament for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma who is also vying for the party’s Secretary General position.

BDP National Disciplinary Committee Vice Chairman Yame Tshepo Kebabonye has since written to the affected BDP members that the hearings are scheduled for the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19 of April 2019 in the morning at party head office. Through the letter dated 6th March 2019 Kebabonye has called on those appearing to have availed their statements of defence within 14 days of receipt of the summons. In the complaint letter Sethaba had indicated that the meeting was in violation of the party constitution because it was not called by an established organ of the party.

“The speakers also deliberately misled and incited the meeting attendants by speaking in a way that was aimed at leaving them believing that the regional congress led the delegates to do what was unconstitutional. “Of late there has been an emergence of unruly behaviour by some members of Serowe constituencies which necessitate for appropriate remedial action before it gets out of control,” Sethaba said in the complaint letter.

The Serowe “illegal”meeting was held on the 24th of February 2019 and was attended by among others former President Dr Ian Khama, Dr Venson-Moitoi, Member of Parliament for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma and Roseline Panzirah-Matshome who is vying for Deputy Secretary General post ahead of the party’s elective congress in July this year. Also, in attendance were most of Central District BDP councillors. Following this meeting party Secretary General Mpho Balopi revealed that disciplinary action would be taken against those members who attended the ‘illegal meeting.’

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Yvonne Mooka



Many will remember Apostle Joel Keitumele as Ntsoro the comedian who would leave people in stitches with his rib-cracking jokes.

Now an apostle who leads Heavenly International Soul church with his wife Amo Keitumele, he confided in The Midweek Sun that he has never bought powers to make himself and his church powerful as it is often alleged by members of the public.

Two years ago, there were allegations that he had lost his mind after he failed to honour an agreement with a seller of powers in Ghana. “They were saying I was mentally disturbed and that I was being tormented by a snake because I dishonoured an agreement from a seller of powers in Ghana. I have never been to Ghana and the rumours were baseless,” he said, adding that someone even lied that his aunt works at Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital and had seen Keitumele at the hospital.

He also recalled the time he was invited at Btv with now born again Shumba Ratshega. He was wearing two rings. “One was my wedding ring and the other on my right hand was a Versace. A caller asked why I was wearing the other one and there were talks that it’s for powers.” He said he took it off and gave it to the presenter to wear and that nothing happened to him.

Lately, there are allegations that he wears an eagle belt, known in street lingo as ‘Prophetic belt’and purpoted to have powers to increase miracles in church and to attract more people. It is won by several other pastors and prophets among them, Shepherd Bushiri, Alph Lukau, Passion Java and Eubert Angel. He confirmed that he has it. He however said there is nothing like a prophetic belt or prophetic shoes.

“Of recent, God released a cloud of young prophets and these like their older mentors or spiritual fathers are stylish and they like fashion. “We have tapped into that. So most of us have Versace shoes, Eagle belts because we like looking good. People refer to them as ‘Prophetic this and that’ but there is nothing prophetic about them.

It’s just that we like them but we don’t need them for powers,” he said. Keitumele confirmed that he sells the trending shoes and belts at his store in Gaborone. “We just like our belts. Nothing more. The power is in the price. Monna ke monna ka setlhako le lebante,” he said.

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