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Sixteen clubs in pursuit of checkmate



The 2019 Debswana Chess league promises to be an exciting season full of surprises. This was evident during the first games of the 2019 edition held in Gaborone this past weekend.

The 2019 Chess league will be played by 16 clubs; Block 8 Club is a new entrant in the league. The next games will be played on the 31st of March 2019 in Gaborone. The defending champions, Enpassent chess club are leading the pack with 12 points after two games, however, Staunch Megastars club is close on their heels, with nine points.

It might be too early to tell if Megastars poses a serious threat, however, consistency in terms of play might move mountains for them. The team that finished on second position last year, Black Bishops, has eight points and on position four while Chess Motifs, which was third placed, is now on position seven.

Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) spokesperson, Kutlwano Tatolo observed that the 2019 edition threatens to be fiercer than the 2018 games. Tatolo told Sun Sports that most clubs that tasted victory are coming out more re-energized. “They all want the 1st position prize and take the games very seriously,” she said.

Captain of Poisonous Snakes Club, Phemelo Khetho said that his club is focused on winning the league and so far, he is satisfied with the performance of the club. This past weekend he saw some of the club’s key players fail o participate due to personal reasons but promises to fire from all cylinders, going forward.

Khetho, who is a national team player, noted that his club boasts of big brains such as Candidate Master (CM), Barileng Gaealafshwe and Ivon Makabe who is one of the top trainers and international Chess Arbiter.

There is also former national team player, Kenneth Boikhutshwane and not forgetting youngsters and sensational Atlang Mosweu, among others.

Poisonous Snakes is one of the oldest chess clubs and Khetho revealed that some of their challenges is competing with aging players who have other life commitments and not always available.
He, however, noted that they are focusing in talent acquisition.

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Yvonne Mooka



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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LEGABIBO challenges same sex criminalisation in court tomorrow

Keletso Thobega



The Gaborone High Court will tomorrow (Thursday) hear a case on the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Advocacy group, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals in Botswana, with the support of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre is challenging Botswana laws on homosexuality. Judges Dube, Leburu, and Tafa will hear this matter from the bench. LEGAGIBO is admitted as a friend of the court.

In May last year, a gay man only identified as ‘LM’ filed a petition with the High Court, arguing that the anti-homosexual laws in Botswana are unconstitutional. In the papers, he argued that decriminalising homosexuality is a human right and is important for everyone to feel safe and welcomed.

“Decriminalising homosexuality is about people’s lives, freedom and their right to live the life they want to and deserve. It is not only about the choice to choose who to love and sleep with but it is also about social security.” A media statement from the two parties indicates that LEGAGIBO seeks to advance submissions before the full bench of the High Court on the practical effect and social impact that sections 164 (a), 164 (c) and 167 of the Penal Code have on the daily lives and experiences of LGBT persons.

“Particularly, the submission illustrates how the criminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct limits LGBT person’s ability to access basic social services, increases their chances to discrimination and infringes on their basic human rights,” it reads.

It further states that “Botswana is a diverse society and the Constitution protects the freedom and dignity of all persons in the country, regardless of whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex.” The press release notes that “Over the past three years, the Botswana courts have shown themselves to be champions of jurisprudence which acknowledges the rights of LGBT persons and their rights to equal protection before the law.”

Section 164 of Botswana’s Penal Code stipulates in part that, ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature is outlawed.’ Those convicted are liable to imprisonment of up to seven years.

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