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Batswana reject new anointing oil on sale

Yvonne Mooka

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KEEPING THEM FAITHFUL: Batswana’s opinion is divided on this oil sold by messengers of God

Members of the public have trashed the new anointing oil, called ‘Leave my man alone’ as demonic and heretic. The item has its origins in Zambia and was made popular by one prophet David this year January. It has since reached Botswana. It caused mixed feelings among locals.

According to Pastor David, God spoke to him in a dream to come up with oil that will help women whose husbands have a roving eye. He said that it will help keep married men in their homes away from homewreckers.

“Many marriages suffer because of unfaithful men. Men are weak by nature and there are seductresses out there ready to destroy their marriages. This oil is for women that want to fight for their marriages,” he explained. While it has gained momentum on social media, The Midweek Sun can also confirm that the oil has hit the local market. A seller of the oil revealed in an interview that a 50 ml costs P100. He however said that Batswana were not keen to buy it.

“It is holy and anointed just like the one sold by TB Joshua,” said the man with a foreign accent. Not many people agree. “These papas are very sophisticated and advanced. If we don’t read the Bible, they’ll throw us into the deepest pit of hell,” said Matshidiso Otlogetswe, describing the oil as both funny and scary.

“How am I going to sprinkle my husband with it? Should I let him sleep and do it? Or I sprinkle his clothes?” she laughed, adding that the prophet should also come up with ‘Leave my wife’ oil to help make women stay married.

“Thank God my husband is already alone. This oil is nothing but witchcraft. Anointing oil is valid when used during service. Now satan has put his spirits and powers to cause confusion and to cheat God’s people,” said Pastor Mpho Motlogi of Divine Fortress Church. Her take is that women should go on their knees if their marriages are not working and stay away from anointing oils.

Apostle Omphitlhetse Bakae of Ebenezer Ministries likened the emergence of this oil to times when people talked of Bring-Back-Lost-Lover ointments. “We have a long way to go as preachers of the word. I don’t give any anointing oils or bangles, all I have is the name of Jesus and that’s all I can give.”

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka

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CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone

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LITTLE EISTEIN: Wame Kangumbe

Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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