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Mma Atsile: Return to the crossroads

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Botswana will join the rest of the world on November 25th to launch the 16 days of activism against Gender based violence (GBV).

This year, the national launch will be held on a bigger scale and will take place at the National Stadium. The event will start with a march from the four cardinal points of Gaborone, which will end at the National Stadium where the main activities will take place.

Speaking at the GaMalete main kgotla where the National Gender Commission Chairperson, Kgosi Mosadi Seboko was hosting the First Lady, Neo Masisi, the Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Dorcas Makgato called on churches and civil society to become (GBV) activists. “What are you doing with that pain and anger,” she asked.

In order to scale up the fight against GBV, Makgato says the nation has to move from 16 days to 365 days of national action. She said there is need to also adopt multi-sectoral and multi-pronged approach to ending violence against women.

Makgato implored the nation to attend the event in large numbers. The nation is still reeling in shock following the events that saw a young woman, Bonolo Kerekang being buried without her head earlier this year. Kerekang was allegedly beheaded by her boyfriend, Simon Kgowe.

Her body was dumped at Maratanang Ward in Tlokweng. Makgato never imagined that such a gruesome thing could happen in Botswana. “I never thought that a person could be buried without a head in Botswana. Everyone must stand up and be counted,” she said.

She said government recognises that though significant progress has been made since independence, a lot still needs to be done to achieve gender parity. “Gender Based Violence is still a pain that needs intense strategies if we are to eradicate it. To this end, my ministry concluded the piloting of the Gender Based Violence Referral System in 2017 through the support of the United Nations Joint Gender Programme and the American government. This has provided indicative information on improving management of GBV cases,” said the minister.

First Lady Mma Atsile said that (GBV) issues were of great concern. She advised the nation to familiarise itself with policies such as SADC Gender Protocol, and the National Policy on Gender and Development. “Let us study them, and know their contents. And also identify areas where we can make contributions,” she said.

She said that it was high time that the nation went back to the drawing board to try and establish where things went wrong. “Where did we go wrong as a nation,” asked Masisi, who added that GBV should be a taboo.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

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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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