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MABAILA’S THREESOME AFFAIR

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The suspended Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) youthful member, Tshepang Mabaila, seemingly torn between two allegiances, says despite the apology he made to the ruling party and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, coupled with his request to be reinstated, he will never turn away from former President, Ian Khama.

Mabaila last week withdrew from standing as an independent Parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane Constituency and further pleaded with President Masisi to lift the five-year suspension slapped on him by the party. The youthful Mabaila was suspended by the BDP national disciplinary committee for allegedly influencing some BDP Members of Parliament (MPs) to pass a motion of no confidence against Masisi.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun this week, Mabaila emphasized that his apology was genuine, saying he has unending love for the ruling party. “My apology is not an art of war, I love my party and I need to come back to it,” he says. Mabaila also described his bond with Khama as inseparable, but explained that the bond will not deter him from supporting President Masisi.

“People should learn to separate between friendship and professionalism, Khama is almost a father to me, people are making noise unnecessarily, I am not even a delegate who will have influence on the outcome of elections,” he explained. He said while the Former President supports Venson-Moitoi, he on the other hand will continue with his support for President Masisi.

The self-assured Mabaila says that he has great followers in Mogoditshane constituency and he will work hard and make sure he contributes victory to aspiring Parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane Constituency, Chillyboy Rakgare.

“The apology is not fake, I have been advised by senior government officials to apologise to the President and I mean it,” he said. Commenting on Mabaila’s withdrawal from standing as an independent Parliamentary candidate, Rakgare stated that he is ready to work with Mabaila in efforts to reach a common goal of retaining the parliamentary seat. He will be contesting against Alliance for Progressives’(AP) Sedirwa Kgoroba while the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has not yet availed a candidate.

Another candidate in the constituency is Bruce Nkgakile of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) When asked about the likelihood of Mabaila being forgiven and reinstated in the party, BDP’s Secretary General Mpho Balopi said he cannot predict the outcome, but stated that President Masisi believes in consultation. “President Masisi is yet to consult other party structures on this issue, in the meantime, Mabaila should patiently wait for the President to consult, there are proper structures to be followed,” said Balopi.

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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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