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THOKOLOSHE’S TERRITORIAL BATTLE

Yvonne Mooka

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The Keloneilwe family at Goo Kodisa, a small settlement between Thamaga and Moshupa, does not know peace because of an evil creature that has stopped their children from going to school for a year now.

Kgosi Molaakwena Keloneilwe, who is cousins with the affected family, says that the creature has said before church people and diviners that it is not a thokoloshe. Basadibotlhe Keloneilwe, who spoke on behalf of the family, also confirmed this, saying the creature can appear in the form of a snake, a baboon, a strong wind or a doll. However, this is revealed by their children as they are the only ones that can see the creature with their eyes. The three mothers and guests only see its manifestations.

“We tried to look for help from churches and traditional healers, to no avail. This creatures pees on our food, mixes our food with glass particles and soil. It is so rude and beats us at night,” she says. Keloneilwe tells The Midweek Sun that it all started last year April when her school-going children and those of her two sisters, who live next to each other, complained that something was throwing stones at them on their way to school.

They attend school in Thamaga and have since stopped going to school because all their uniforms have been torn to pieces, allegedly by the unknown creature. “They told us that it also chokes them and harasses them on their way to school. It appears to them as a doll or monkey or snake. Sometimes it has the head of monkey and the body of a snake,” says Keloneilwe. During the interview, a woman arrived saying she was a tailor, announcing that the new school uniforms were ready. However, it was agreed that she should keep them at her factory since the creature would tear them again if they are to be brought to the family. As a result, the three children did not write their school exams because of the torment.

House burnt
According to Keloneilwe, the creature started burning items in their house last year August. She says that it then burnt their house two weeks back when they were at church.
“We were called by our neighbours that our house was on fire. And we found the cylinder in front of the house,” she says, adding that the three sisters have since moved in together.
Inside the house were remains of burnt items such as blankets and food. Keloneilwe states that when Eagle Nest Church came, the creature turned into a doll and went into a pot.

She says that when Eloyi church people came, they removed what looked like horns and flywhisks (diditse) from the house. She says close to 10 churches have come to assist but to no avail.
The family is surviving by donations of food items from individuals and some corporations. She says that the creature has a habit of destroying their food. “Sometimes we find the food with soil inside or water or glass particles,” she says.

What is this creature?
An elder Kgosiitsile Leepo, who was there during the interview, says that the creature is a combination of many evil spirits. “That is why we can’t touch it,” he says. For Keloneilwe, the creature can speak, but they cannot see it, except the children. She reveals that the creature has warned them that ‘if they don’t move from its territory, they are going to remain miserable.’

She refused to be photographed, saying the creature was going to beat her if she does so. She said that it gets terrible after 11pm as it beats them with a stick and breaks their candles into pieces.
Another sister Neelo Keloneilwe says that the creature can grab their children with its force and throw them inside the nearby bush. “We would just hear them crying at once and when we look for them, we will find them inside the bush crying. There are times when it throws them into empty water tanks,” she says.

Children speak
A 14-year old girl says that she was supposed to go into Form 2 this year but could not because of being tormented by the creature. “It started when we were going to school last year with my sister. I thought she was throwing stones at me and she thought I was doing the same to her. “We were shocked and when we told our mothers, they said we were crazy until they saw it live. It started throwing stones at everyone in our yard,” she says.

She says that the creature once threw a bag of cement at her, adding however that she escaped it. She says she wants to be a teacher. Other children said they want to be soldiers, police officers and nurses. The family pleads with the Office of the President to move them from their place of hell. “Our lives are in danger and this creature has said that until we move, it is going to keep tormenting us,” says Neelo.

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BRING IT ON Ignatius Moswaane ready to serve Francistown West again

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READY TO LEAD AGAIN: Francistown West MP Ignatius Moswaane

Ignatius Moswaane is a former Francistown City Mayor and he served as Monarch Councillor until he took over the reigns as Francistown West constituency in 2014. The constituency had been in the hands of the late Tshelang Masisi before Moswaane took over.

Now the outspoken MP is ready to defend it.
He lists the construction of an additional secondary school at Gerald Estate, the undertaking of a P36 million streetlights project and construction of a road network at Monarch among some of his achievements both as Councillor and later MP.

“The peripheral servicing of the planned Central Business District (CBD) at Gerald Estate has been completed.  “Over and above that we have used the P10 million community development money from government to build houses, some of which we are renting out to public servants.“We have divided the constituency into three (3) clusters and each will have a multi-purpose recreational hall,” said the Botswana Democratic (BDP) Member of Parliament (MP).

He added that Gerald Estates and Phase 6 in Monarch will soon have a local center each owned by the VDC which will lease the shopping area to business. Moswaane initiated Monarch Development Centre to help the youth access government economic projects by, among other things, doing business plans for them for free. His next phase is to push for industrialisation of Francistown by using local resources. “Besides, Francistown must become an industrial hub for the region where, instead of SADC countries going all the way to Johannesburg and Durban to collect their cargo, the cargo is brought to the Francistown airport from their source be it Asia, or where ever by plane for the owner to collect the cargo here.

Our airport is under-utilised at the moment,” he noted. Another way of creating employment is for government to increase its efforts of using ISPAAD to help small scale farmers next to Francistown to grow fruits and vegetables to the extent that we do not import anything. Moswaane regrets government’s slow pace on allocating plots at Gerald Estates. “Since 2012 some 2500 plots have been serviced yet a lot of people from as far back as 1990s are on the waiting list because government is yet to allocate the plots.

The Minister had promised that the process would commence in December last year but nothing has thus far happened. If elected, I will follow up on the matter,” pledged the MP. He is also of the view that more resources should be invested in Nyangabgwe to make it a health facility of choice. “It should be turned into a state of the art hospital where special medical care is provided to attract even people from outside the country. The residents of Francistown need a district hospital,” he observed.

If he returns to parliament, Moswaane will move that the Youth Development Fund (YDF) be increased from P120million to P1billion and the Gender Economic Empowerment Fund from P50 million to P1 billion as well. Moswaane believes the country should build more technical colleges and brigades to carter for the thousands of students who leave school every year without the necessary grade needed as the entry threshold to tertiary schools.

In 2014, Moswane garnered 5304 votes against second-placed Habaudi Hobona of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) who was voted in by 3461 voters. UDC was represented by Shatiso Tambula who managed a paltry 950 votes. This year Moswaane will have to fend off competition from Dira Moalosi of the Alliance for Progressives (AP) and Mbaakanyi Lenyatso of the UDC.

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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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