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Of 11 cattle heads and a speeding Honda Fit

Irene Shone

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Kgotla Gotcha of Lentsweletau village lost 11 cattle recently, and he suspects this to be the work of professional thieves who sell meat to butcheries. Gotcha’s 11 cattle were killed in three different places. Suspicions were raised when a blue Honda Fit was spotted invading the farms at a high speed only to disappear into thin air.

“At first we missed four cattle then the next day one of the cattle came running to the kraal without its bell. We could not make anything out of this until a ‘blue Honda Fit’ sped away in the direction of Gaborone with the last four cattle of the 11 killed,” he explained.

He says that someone saw this car carrying loads of meat and decided to follow the car tracks until it led them to all the three spots where the cattle were slaughtered. “This was within a short radius of our home and surprisingly we found paths that had been opened in the bushes, suggesting that the thieves had all the time to prepare for this heinous act. “We found all the heads and hooves of our cattle there,” said Gotcha. They observed that the culprits were using two cars as they found different car tracks at one of the crime scenes. One of the cars even had a puncture, he said.

They also found the bell that belonged to the cow that had escaped. “We found four heads in the first spot, six in the other and the last one we found with three other live cattle tied to tree trunks,” he explained.

Gotcha said this was well planned and that the culprits used sophisticated equipment considering the cleared roads and the kraal structures that were erected for this purpose. What shocks them is that there is a prominent farm around them which was suddenly closed, yet it has been open for sale all the time. “Everything here just doesn’t add up and it happened so fast,” he said adding that only private security personnel can get to the bottom of the matter.

Lentsweletau Police Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Motshwari Mokamogo confirmed the incident and said that investigations are still ongoing. He said that they have not yet caught any suspect. He said theft of cattle was rife in the area.

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I BUY NO POWERS

Yvonne Mooka

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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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LEGABIBO challenges same sex criminalisation in court tomorrow

Keletso Thobega

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The Gaborone High Court will tomorrow (Thursday) hear a case on the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Advocacy group, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals in Botswana, with the support of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre is challenging Botswana laws on homosexuality. Judges Dube, Leburu, and Tafa will hear this matter from the bench. LEGAGIBO is admitted as a friend of the court.

In May last year, a gay man only identified as ‘LM’ filed a petition with the High Court, arguing that the anti-homosexual laws in Botswana are unconstitutional. In the papers, he argued that decriminalising homosexuality is a human right and is important for everyone to feel safe and welcomed.

“Decriminalising homosexuality is about people’s lives, freedom and their right to live the life they want to and deserve. It is not only about the choice to choose who to love and sleep with but it is also about social security.” A media statement from the two parties indicates that LEGAGIBO seeks to advance submissions before the full bench of the High Court on the practical effect and social impact that sections 164 (a), 164 (c) and 167 of the Penal Code have on the daily lives and experiences of LGBT persons.

“Particularly, the submission illustrates how the criminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct limits LGBT person’s ability to access basic social services, increases their chances to discrimination and infringes on their basic human rights,” it reads.

It further states that “Botswana is a diverse society and the Constitution protects the freedom and dignity of all persons in the country, regardless of whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex.” The press release notes that “Over the past three years, the Botswana courts have shown themselves to be champions of jurisprudence which acknowledges the rights of LGBT persons and their rights to equal protection before the law.”

Section 164 of Botswana’s Penal Code stipulates in part that, ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature is outlawed.’ Those convicted are liable to imprisonment of up to seven years.

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