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ELOYI MEET THEIR MATCH

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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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A welcome snitch

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CELLPHONE TRACKER: Tebogo Aaron says criminals have labelled him a snitch for helping the police track people’s stolen property

Tebogo Aaron works hand-in-hand with Botswana Police Service to track down missing and stolen cellphones.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, the 38-year-old man from Mahalapye says that on average, he traces between 25 and 50 mobile phones per day. He runs a store called Gadgets + Collectables, with two branches in Airport Junction and Phakakane’s Acacia mall.

Even though he sells a variety of gadgets, among them cellphones, Bluetooth speakers, laptops, it is the business of cellphone tracking that has given him a niche in the market. The Business Management and IT graduate says that his cellphone tracking business makes him stand out. “We are now in the era of cellphones. Almost every person has a cellphone and again, people steal them at a high rate,” he says.

Aaron provides police with leads, allowing them to do recoveries. He helps people who come with a police affidavit. “I have attracted hate from thugs thinking I’m a snitch,” he laughs.
But how long does it take for him to track down a cellphone? He says that the gadget becomes traceable the moment a sim card gets inserted inside.

His observation is that people have a tendency of buying stolen gadgets something he says is risky as one ends up charged by the police for buying a stolen item.
“Thugs steal phones with the intention to sell them, not to keep them. They want fast cash,” he says. And he says that thieves would go to an extent of creating fake Facebook pages to sell their stolen cellphones.

“Immediately after selling them, they delete the social media accounts while the buyer is left with it. People must take precaution,” he says. One of the people who have benefited from Aaron’s service, Lerato Lepang says her phone and wallet were snatched from her on June 4 in Molepolole.

“I reported with the police. A week later I heard of Gadgets + Collectables and decided to give it a shot. I went to the store on July 13 with a police affidavit as well as my phone details.“Five days later I received a call from them saying they had details of someone who had my phone,” she says. Another person Masego Mokgwatlheng says Aaron managed to recover her phone after a month in June.

She had forgotten it in a cab and traces showed that the cab driver had sold it to a Zimbabwean man. “I am now using my phone. It was made easier because I had a police affidavit,” she says. In addition to cellphone tracking, Aaron also tracks lost or stolen pets, bicycles and luggage. He has five employees.

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Mixed reactions to Masisi’s law on home-operated businesses

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President Mokgweetsi Masisi intends to simplify the process of starting micro-businesses to make it less demanding. This entails retracting licenses for starting small businesses such as tuckshop, manicures and many others.

The Midweek Sun went out on the streets to hear views of the people about the new bill.A boutique owner based in Kanye Thapelo Dioka said it is a good initiative but he worries that Batswana will even set-up businesses which are not environmentally friendly.

“I have long struggled and been unable to rent out my spare bedrooms to try feed my family, due to stringent procedures of acquiring licenses,” said Dioka. Kolobetso Maswabi lamented that for a long time young people have been paying expensive rentals. The new law will help in starting and maintaining businesses as there will be no rentals to pay.

“For some of us who stay next to big malls the law will be an advantage, I am going to operate business in the backyard,” she says. However some had doubts about the new law, describing it as a campaign strategy and a desperate effort to gain political mileage. They will only believe it when it is signed into law.

“Why would he retract licenses when elections are about to take place and there is a need for them to explain more on what they mean about small scale businesses,” asked another entrepreneur.

Tiraone Basenyafela, an entrepreneur with disability who does leather works, lamented that they have long endured charges for licenses and at times failure to renew the licenses results in losing them.

“I believe that only big shops should be required to have licenses, not small businesses and struggling individuals like me,” said Basenyafela.

President Masisi explained that the new law intends to help Batswana improve their livelihoods and graduate from poverty, but added that licenses will still be required for those seeking to deal in food businesses and others that could be potentially unfriendly to the environment.

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