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OFF TO JAPAN: The new MEXT students who are leaving for Japan in April - Leeme Arthur Baruti flanked by Onameditse Lulu Seaba on the left and Boitumelo Mokoka on the right

Three young Batswana – two females and a male – leave for Japan April 1, 2019 on an educational scholarship to further their studies in their chosen fields.

The three, Boitumelo Mokoka, 23, of Phalane ward in Molepolole; Onameditse Lulu Seaba, 24, from Moremi in Tswapong and Leeme Arthur Baruti, 30, of Serowe – were unveiled by Japanese Ambassador to Botswana Kozo Takeda last Friday during a ‘Friends of Japan’ reception at his residence in Gaborone’s Extension 11 surburb.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, the three expressed extreme gratiude to the Government of Japan and its Ministry of Education for having selected them for the opportunity to study for Masters at Japanese Universities.

Boitumelo, who did her first Degree in International MBA at the University of Botswana, is going to do her Masters at Waseda University in Tokyo whilst Onameditse, who completed her first Degree at the Palapye-based Botswana International University of Science and Technology, will do her Masters at Kyushu University in the Sukuoka Prefecture.

The only male – Leeme, completed his Bachelors of Science in Environmentsal Health at University of Botswana and will do his Masters at Sophia University in Tokyo. The three told The Midweek Sun that funds and circumstances permitting, they would like to go up to PhD level.

They all promised to assert themselves diligently during their two and half years of study in Japan and to return to their home country upon completion to contribute towards the nation’s economic development.

In a separate interview, Ambassador Takeda said he will work vigorously to increase the number of students being sent to Japan every year. The reception was held in honour of Japanese student alumni and was graced by among other dignitaries, Masiela Mandoze, the Deputy Town Clerk at Jwaneng Town Council.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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