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Lawyers turn Gaborone South into their electoral battlefield

Tshepo Kehemile

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Gaborone South constituency is slowly gaining the reputation of a happy hunting ground for politicians with a legal background.

And this year will be no different, especially with incumbent Member of Parliament who is also deputy Speaker Kagiso Molatlhegi not standing.Molagtlhegi did not contest the Botswnaa Democratic Party’s primary election last year thereby paving way for lawyer Dumezweni Mthimkhulu – a one-time independent candidate in the 2014 general election.

Mthimkhulu will be pitted against another lawyer and former Gaborone Mayor Nelson Ramaotwana of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). In 2014 Molatlhegi narrowly won Gaborone South constituency with 3872 votes against UDC Murray Dipate’s 3629 votes.

Botswana Congress Party’s Akanyang Magama polled 2318 votes whilst Mthimkhulu managed only 1475 votes.The Midweek Sun conducted a simple random survey this week in the five wards – Babusi, Bontleng, Naledi North, Naledi South and Selemela – which make up the constituency and found that constituents are not happy with the way things have panned out over the years.

A Gaborone South resident Thabo Mbure decried lack of developments. “Roads are damaged, and the water drainage system is poor it gets dirty and unhealthy for our children whenever it rains. “Water stops in front of our yards and attracts mosquitoes which then cause diseases. Umployment is high in our area with youth staying at home doing nothing,” he lamented.

One of the youth said that they have since resorted to small businesses to earn a living since the companies that they used to work for in Gaborone-West Industrial have closed. “Life is very difficult here my brother. I sell fresh chips and Russian sausages. I am pleading with government to create jobs for us as we have so many responsibilities,” said one.Olorato Topo, 30, who runs a car-wash is sceptial and does not think a change of political representation will alter their living standards for the better.

“These people who we elect in power every time to be our advocates never address our problems. Look it takes a month to fix a sewage system when it breaks down!” he said.For his part, Mthimkhulu said that the problem with Gaborone South constituency is that it has been lacking a representative who grew up in the area. The constituency, he said, has been represented by outsiders.

“The people of the constituency need a representative like me, who can be able to voice out their concerns at Parliament as I have experienced it as well.“I know how they feel,” he said, adding that he would also tackle other issues such as poor housing and low salaries. He feels that Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) must build houses that residents can afford.

Further, he feels that government and the private sector should collectively work together towards creating jobs for the constituents. He also advocates for the establishment of an Old Age home in the constituency as there are old people who need to be cared for but do not have that luxury because there is no one to cook and help them with chores at their homes.

UDC’s Ramaotwana said there is a great need to create employment for the constituents of Gaborone South. “The majority of population in the constituency is youth, and they have nothing to do.
“Most of them are not working and something should be done about this because if we delay or fail to do so, all sorts of criminal activities will fall upon us.”

As for the few individuals that have managed to open small businesses such as carpentry or artworks he said they need coordination from “our side and the space to expand their growing enterprises”.

Ramaotwana reiterated the importance of residential land for the constituents. “There is no land allocated to the people of the constituency, people do not have places to stay and that causes displeasure to the electorate,” he said. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how the courts will decide the dispute between Botswana Movement for Democracy and the UDC, which might influence how things turn out in the constituency.

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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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