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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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A welcome snitch

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CELLPHONE TRACKER: Tebogo Aaron says criminals have labelled him a snitch for helping the police track people’s stolen property

Tebogo Aaron works hand-in-hand with Botswana Police Service to track down missing and stolen cellphones.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, the 38-year-old man from Mahalapye says that on average, he traces between 25 and 50 mobile phones per day. He runs a store called Gadgets + Collectables, with two branches in Airport Junction and Phakakane’s Acacia mall.

Even though he sells a variety of gadgets, among them cellphones, Bluetooth speakers, laptops, it is the business of cellphone tracking that has given him a niche in the market. The Business Management and IT graduate says that his cellphone tracking business makes him stand out. “We are now in the era of cellphones. Almost every person has a cellphone and again, people steal them at a high rate,” he says.

Aaron provides police with leads, allowing them to do recoveries. He helps people who come with a police affidavit. “I have attracted hate from thugs thinking I’m a snitch,” he laughs.
But how long does it take for him to track down a cellphone? He says that the gadget becomes traceable the moment a sim card gets inserted inside.

His observation is that people have a tendency of buying stolen gadgets something he says is risky as one ends up charged by the police for buying a stolen item.
“Thugs steal phones with the intention to sell them, not to keep them. They want fast cash,” he says. And he says that thieves would go to an extent of creating fake Facebook pages to sell their stolen cellphones.

“Immediately after selling them, they delete the social media accounts while the buyer is left with it. People must take precaution,” he says. One of the people who have benefited from Aaron’s service, Lerato Lepang says her phone and wallet were snatched from her on June 4 in Molepolole.

“I reported with the police. A week later I heard of Gadgets + Collectables and decided to give it a shot. I went to the store on July 13 with a police affidavit as well as my phone details.“Five days later I received a call from them saying they had details of someone who had my phone,” she says. Another person Masego Mokgwatlheng says Aaron managed to recover her phone after a month in June.

She had forgotten it in a cab and traces showed that the cab driver had sold it to a Zimbabwean man. “I am now using my phone. It was made easier because I had a police affidavit,” she says. In addition to cellphone tracking, Aaron also tracks lost or stolen pets, bicycles and luggage. He has five employees.

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Mixed reactions to Masisi’s law on home-operated businesses

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President Mokgweetsi Masisi intends to simplify the process of starting micro-businesses to make it less demanding. This entails retracting licenses for starting small businesses such as tuckshop, manicures and many others.

The Midweek Sun went out on the streets to hear views of the people about the new bill.A boutique owner based in Kanye Thapelo Dioka said it is a good initiative but he worries that Batswana will even set-up businesses which are not environmentally friendly.

“I have long struggled and been unable to rent out my spare bedrooms to try feed my family, due to stringent procedures of acquiring licenses,” said Dioka. Kolobetso Maswabi lamented that for a long time young people have been paying expensive rentals. The new law will help in starting and maintaining businesses as there will be no rentals to pay.

“For some of us who stay next to big malls the law will be an advantage, I am going to operate business in the backyard,” she says. However some had doubts about the new law, describing it as a campaign strategy and a desperate effort to gain political mileage. They will only believe it when it is signed into law.

“Why would he retract licenses when elections are about to take place and there is a need for them to explain more on what they mean about small scale businesses,” asked another entrepreneur.

Tiraone Basenyafela, an entrepreneur with disability who does leather works, lamented that they have long endured charges for licenses and at times failure to renew the licenses results in losing them.

“I believe that only big shops should be required to have licenses, not small businesses and struggling individuals like me,” said Basenyafela.

President Masisi explained that the new law intends to help Batswana improve their livelihoods and graduate from poverty, but added that licenses will still be required for those seeking to deal in food businesses and others that could be potentially unfriendly to the environment.

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