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Yvonne Mooka



ELOYI IN ACTION: This time they will come face to face with a tough customer

General overseer of Eloyi church in southern region Mmika Kgwelokgwelo says the church is going to, once and for all, get rid of the evil creature tormenting the Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa.

The family has been under the attack of a creature believed to be a thokoloshe, which is said to take the form of a dirty doll, snake or monkey or a combination of snake and monkey. As a result of the creature’s torments, the children have missed school for a year now. The creature tears their clothes into pieces.

It also hurls stones at them and at any car that takes them to school in Thamaga. “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 monkey,” said mother of one of the victims, Basadibotlhe Keloneilwe. She said the creature is disrespectful.

“We sought help from churches and traditional doctors, to no avail. This creature pees on our food, mixes our food with glass particles and soil. It is so rude and beats us at night,” she said.
The mothers recently told The Midweek Sun that Eloyi failed at trying to remove the creature, but Kgwelokgwelo refuted this. He told this publication that they are yet to visit the family after the Easter holidays.

‘We went there last month to assess the situation and we were able to remove a few things such as horns and flywhisks (diditse) from the yard,” he said, revealing that the family is under heavy torment and that ‘in all our thokoloshe exorcisms, we have never come across such a scary incident.’

His observation is that the Keloneilwe family needs strong prayers and intentional action from churches, and that as Eloyi, the situation may be hard but not impossible to fix. “Ba batla re ba emela ka dinao kapele. It’s the first we encounter this kind. We have seen people wearing burning clothes before and helped them in a few days, but this one from Goo Kodisa needs rigorous work,” he said, adding that he was going to come with ‘baruti ba bagolwane’ to remove the creature.

Kgwelokgwelo however said that the only way the creature could be exorcised is if the family cooperates with the church and also believes it could help. “We have to find the root cause. Sometimes during our exorcisms, we find that the person who sent the creature is within the family. In such incidents, he or she must undo first, or a raolole so that we can remove the creature. But again, the situation there requires the whole church. I went there with a few men,” he said.

Goo Kodisa leader Kgosi Molaakwena Keloneilwe, a relative to the tormented family said this week that the creature has relented attacking children and has now turned on their mothers.
“Maybe it is because the schools are now closed since it does not want them to go to school. It is now after their mothers by mixing their food with soil and glass particles.

“I hear it beat them last week when they were from church,” he said. He emphasised that such incidents require the intervention of traditional doctors. However, as it stands, the family is not receptive of traditional doctors. He said, “Seemo se se batla batho ba ba matlho a bogale.’’

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka



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




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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