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Boko lied – Mangole BMD could work with AP – Pilane

Tshepo Kehemile

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Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has disparaged Umbrella for Democratic (UDC) President Duma Boko’s utterances in which he suggested that BMD must sort out their differences before thinking of retracing their steps back to the opposition coalition.

BMD Secretary General Gilbert Mangole told a press briefing in Gaborone recently that they have not received anything from UDC since their expulsion late last year and dismissed as “untrue,” sentiments expressed by Boko a fortnight ago. “I heard him (Boko) saying that they told us to sort ourselves out and that is when we will rejoin the Umbrella, but that is not true.“The last letter we received from UDC was the expulsion letter and that was it, so saying those sorts of things in front of the public is not right and as things stand our case is still at court as we await their response,” he said.

Mangole began his address to the press by explaining his main reasons for stepping down from his position as Chief Whip of Opposition in Parliament. “The current political development within the ranks of the opposition makes it difficult for me to continue in that position because when I assumed this post there were still tensions within the union which is one of the factors that fuelled my resignation.

“I parted ways with them amicably as we agreed, they will soon appoint someone from either Botswana Congress Party (BCP) or Botswana National Front (BNF),” said Mangole.On the other hand, BMD President Advocate Sidney Pilane said, “People will always talk about our (BMD) affairs but what I can confidently say is that we are going to win our case against UDC and come the General Elections we will all be contesting under UDC ticket as we were unfairly dismissed.”

Pilane said that UDC was given 14 days to respond to their case but they have not yet said anything. He was optimistic that UDC will have nothing to respond “as we are innocent to all those accusations they said we are facing.”

Pilane reiterated that UDC will never survive without BMD in the coalition because “we are the ones who built UDC when they accumulated more seats in Parliament back in 2014.“We (BMD) know very much how to build, we were the ones who helped BNF get the seats they acquired in Parliament in 2014 as we know how to work the ground unlike them who will be just talking with no way forward.

“I am the one who brought BCP to play and they are now ganging against us to the extent of unfairly expelling us from the coalition,” he said.Quizzed about thoughts of marriage with Alliance for Progressives (AP), Pilane said, “Yes, we once held unofficial talks with AP President Ndaba Gaolathe as they are BMD members as well, maybe something could come out, who knows but we cannot divulge anything thus far.”

BMD leadership used the press conference to welcome their new members (councillors) to the party namely; Lemogang Kalaote (who was absent) and Ezekiel Mmoloke together with their followers who seemed united and ready to work under the BMD towards the General Elections.

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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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