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MOBILE CLINICS MADE LOCALLY

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LOCAL INVENTION: Ishmael Nshakashogwe is excited about their locally made mobile units

Automobile company, Zambezi Corporation Group has now set its sights on designing and building a fleet of specialised vehicles from scratch. Group Director, Dr Ishmael Nshakashogwe says this will not only contribute to the country’s development but also to sustainability and skills transfer.

“We started this business looking at supplying and servicing motor vehicles. But we are looking at sustainability and continuity. “We are looking at doing things ourselves, we cannot continue to depend across borders or overseas, denying our country permanent investment,” he said.

Dr. Nshakashogwe said on Tuesday while showcasing their first project – a fully equipped mobile clinic – that they started doing refurbishment of ambulances locally and have now decided to actually do the whole manufacturing in-house. The unit which took a little over two months to build comes with built-in generators, air conditioning, heat, water supply, work counters, cabinets, and a full array of medical equipment. The unit already has a buyer in Tanzania and there are a number of orders from other African countries and the Middle East according to Dr Nshakashogwe.

“This really boosts our confidence that we are on the right direction. We have the capability as Batswana,” he said. Zambezi Corporation General Manager, Uma Shankar Vadcamani said the idea for the mobile clinics was borne out of a realisation that it was difficult for governments to set up permanent clinics throughout Africa. “The clinics are conceived as serving patients who can’t reach a hospital or medical facility. Anything that you would see in a doctor’s office or hospital, we place it in a truck, trailer, bus, and container so that we can bring healthcare services to people who have none. Our focus is on bringing healthcare to underserved populations around the world,” he stated.

Powered with solar panels, combined with batteries, Vadcamani said the vehicle is convenient to service in foreign countries and rural areas; it easily spends a week in a remote area before needing to go back to base to restock. Amongst its capabilities in specialised vehicles, the makers of the traffic police control unit (Booze Bus) also manufacture roadshow, mobile school and mobile units; occupational health clinic with x-ray unit, as well as ambulance conversions and rescue safety equipment.

“We will also start the production of medical disaster buses which can house 20 seated patients, 10-15 stretcher patients, clinical apartment at the rear as well as being fitted with hydraulic stretcher and wheelchair lift,” Vadcamani told attendants at the showroom.

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BDP to crack whip on dissidents

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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is poised to crack the whip on members that attended last month’s “illegal” Serowe meeting that was allegedly called by the Central Region party elders.

The meeting was to discuss what transpired during the regional congress where President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi was endorsed as the preferred candidate to lead the party against the recommended name of Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

The party has since scheduled disciplinary hearings for the affected members following a complaint letter from Steady Sethaba – Chairman of Serowe West Branch dated March 1st 2019.
About 28 people have been listed in the complaint letter as some of the attendants. Dr Khama and Dr Venson-Moitoi have not been listed in the complaint letter, although they were present as well as Member of Parliament for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma who is also vying for the party’s Secretary General position.

BDP National Disciplinary Committee Vice Chairman Yame Tshepo Kebabonye has since written to the affected BDP members that the hearings are scheduled for the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19 of April 2019 in the morning at party head office. Through the letter dated 6th March 2019 Kebabonye has called on those appearing to have availed their statements of defence within 14 days of receipt of the summons. In the complaint letter Sethaba had indicated that the meeting was in violation of the party constitution because it was not called by an established organ of the party.

“The speakers also deliberately misled and incited the meeting attendants by speaking in a way that was aimed at leaving them believing that the regional congress led the delegates to do what was unconstitutional. “Of late there has been an emergence of unruly behaviour by some members of Serowe constituencies which necessitate for appropriate remedial action before it gets out of control,” Sethaba said in the complaint letter.

The Serowe “illegal”meeting was held on the 24th of February 2019 and was attended by among others former President Dr Ian Khama, Dr Venson-Moitoi, Member of Parliament for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma and Roseline Panzirah-Matshome who is vying for Deputy Secretary General post ahead of the party’s elective congress in July this year. Also, in attendance were most of Central District BDP councillors. Following this meeting party Secretary General Mpho Balopi revealed that disciplinary action would be taken against those members who attended the ‘illegal meeting.’

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I BUY NO POWERS

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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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