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Battle of titans looms in Mogoditshane

Tshepo Kehemile

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FOURSOME BATTLE: Chillyboy Kgoroba, Tshephang Mabaila, Bruce Nkgakile and Chillyboy Rakgare

The candidates are poised. The scene is Mogoditshane constituency. The battle is for the hearts and minds of the 57 637 souls in the constituency that boasts 10 wards – Ledumadumane East, Ledumadumane West, Mogoditshane Central, Mogoditshane Central North, Mogoditshane Central South, Mogoditshane East, Mogoditshane North, Nkoyaphiri Central, Nkoyaphiri North and Nkoyaphiri South.

The incumbent Member of Parliament is Sedirwa Kgoroba of the Alliance for Progressives (AP). On the Umbrella for Democratic Change corner stands Bruce Nkgakile while McDonald ‘Chilliboy’ Rakgare represents the ruling Botswana Democratic Party after beating Patrick Masimolole at the weekend primaries. Meantime, Tshepang Mabaila who was recently suspended from the BDP will run as an independent candidate (Mokoko).

In the 2014 general election Sedirwa Kgoroba emerged victorious with 4180 votes for UDC and was followed by Rakgare’s 3846 votes for Botswana Congress Party while Masimolole was voted for by 3786 people.

UDC candidate Nkgakile told The Midweek Sun this week he is confidentof victory since the constituency wants “young and fresh minds”at the helm. He is ready to address the challenges of youth such as crime, lack of land and access to Government programmes likeYoung Farmers Fund (YDF).

For his part the independent candidate, Mabaila says he will tackle minimum wage issue as well as income disparaties in the country. He is also saddened by the dispossession of plots that residents suffer as a result of the mushrooming of import car garages.

BDP’s Rakgare will fix his campaign on the party’s manifesto to advocate for the people’s needs, which will include land, education, health and unemployment.As for MP Kgoroba he is banking on his acheievements during the past tenure to return him to parliament. He cites Ledumadumane ward, where he fought government against relocating residents. Initiatives in the pipeline include a development trust through which developments will be channelled.

WHAT THE CONSTITUENTS SAID…
Motsholathebe Selaki, 55, has registered to vote but has some concerns. “I am resident of Mogoditshane and I have not seen any developments in our area through the years, we always have problems when there are heavy rains as the water stops in our yards and make life difficult for us.”

Neo Motlhabane, 57, thinks none of the candidates can lead the constituency as there have been so many issues that have not been addressed over the years. “Our children have not been given land which was promised through some programmes” she lamented.

Onkarabile Thatayaone, 33, is aggrieved by services at the Nkoyaphiri clinic. “There are no doctors when we need help. I am going to vote for someone that listens to our concerns,” said Thatayaone. Other residents interviewed said they did not register for the elections because they don’t see their importance.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

Yvonne Mooka

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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