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Molepolole in the grip of murder spree

Yvonne Mooka

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Four murder cases have been reported in Molepolole, the capital of Kweneng district, since the beginning of the year. Police statistics show that 87 cases of threat to kill were reported from January to October last year.

Molepolole Police Station Commander Superintendent Lebani Burns, who joined the police station last year November from Charleshill Police Station – said the majority of the cases came from women who had come to report their intimate partners.

Supt. Burns complained about the ‘rowdy’ behaviour’ shown by some of the villagers, especially youthful men. “Most of them are just angry. They need serious education on how to maintain relationships. They forget that relationships have their own ups and downs”. However the brutal killings do not just happen between lovers. “Here I work 24/7,” Supt. Burns said of his frustration, adding, “If we were in church, we would be saying some men here should go for deliverance”.

January
Ipelegeng woman killed
A Molwane man stabbed his girlfriend to death with a knife. She was on her way to work with friends when he ambushed her and killed her. They were both under 30. He is reported to have been jealous and accused her of cheating. He would later kill himself.

February
Burnt body discovered on V-day
Herdman in Molepolole discovered a burnt human body whilst looking for cattle in the bush at Ratotoboro ward on Valentine’s Day. He discovered a heap of burnt circular wires, but upon scrutiny, he found burnt human bones underneath.

The shocked man ran to the police station to report the incident. Superintendent Lebani Burns said they suspect it is a female body. “It showed that six tyres were used to burn the body, but fortunately the body was covered on the face with a t-shirt and the fire did not affect the face that much”. He explained that a bright nail polish was discovered on the toe nails, which led him to believe it was a woman’s body.

He told The Midweek Sun this week that they have remanded the perpetrator. “He had given her a lift from Molepolole to Gaborone. They didn’t know each other. Our suspicion is that he raped her, but he is denying it”. She was 28, he is 26.

Man kills ex-girlfriend at work
Kabo Motlhabane 35, who allegedly stabbed to death his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend Boipelo Mpolokang at Borakalalo ward in Molepolole last week Friday was found and arrested on Sunday. Supt. Burns said he was in the company of his friends and they were fueling their car at Engen filling station around 9pm.

He stabbed her several times in full view of her colleagues. The incident happened around 8am when the deceased, who was an Ipelegeng employee, had just reported for work at Borakalalo kgotla. Motlhabane was arraigned on Monday and has since been remanded. He is expected back in court on March 11.

Burns also confirmed that the deceased’s daughter and some of her close friends had on that fateful day been under police protection because the suspect allegedly threatened them. He said the suspect had two previous murder convictions

Attempted murder
A man in his early 50s fired three shots at three men he suspected wanted to search him after they found him sleeping in his car along the road at around 5am, according to Supt. Burns but fortunately none got injured. Police are still investigating the matter.

Burns said they have since approached the district commissioner to arrange for a Kgotla meeting with Kgosi Kgari Sechele. The purpose is to discuss the social ills in Molepolole.

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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

Yvonne Mooka

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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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