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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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BATTLE FOR MMADIKOLO

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University of Botswana students are bracing themselves for the Student Representative Council (SRC) elections. Contenders are fighting tooth and nail to appease the electorate. Three camps are in contention to fill the 13 council positions.

Umbrella for Democratic Change’s (UDC) Moono-wa-Baithuti has the onerous task of defending all the 13 seats which they hauled at the last elections of 2018. “As Moono wa Baithuti, we have lots of achievements. We are on the verge of getting the student bar open, so we need to go back and fix what we started,” said UDC’s Tumelo Legase who is vying for the position of Vice President.

He said they have advocated for student empowerment policies and are also proposing a third arm of student representation. “We have the SRC and the Judiciary, what we need is the student Parliament so that we have a large number of leaders who can independently attend to problems across the university.” The dark horse in this race is the University of Botswana’s Alliance for Progressive (AP) which will take another leap of faith despite their loss in the previous election.

They are rejuvenated and redefined. Candidate for Vice President Karabo Bokwe said central to their mandate is making the welfare of the student community a priority. “We want to help eradicate school policies that border on oppression, and through new polices call for initiatives that come with enterprenuership benefits to students.”

AP candidate for Information and Publicity, a first year Criminal Justice student Gracious Selelo said they are more united than other parties even at national level. “We don’t have internal squabbles within our party, we are more focused and can deliver our mandate easily,” she noted.

However the ruling party’s BDP GS-26 will come with all guns blazing after an embarrassing defeat in the previous elections. Preparations have been made and the GS-26 is looking to take the elections by storm.

According to their Presidential Candidate Boniface Seane, they come with the message of hope that addresses the current status quo at the University.“The university is not functioning so we drew three policies that embrace inclusiveness. We want to lead collectively with the students, through the student body meetings which the previous SRCs have failed to do. “We will consult with the students with no discrimination.”

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The Health ministry has developed a seven-point programme to guide the country in improving the healthcare system, says Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Rabashemi Madigele.

“The seven priority areas will serve as a roadmap and a guardian angel towards improving the overall healthcare system and increasing access to health care while fighting the burden of disease that confronts us,” said Madigele at Masa Square Hotel on Tuesday.

The focal areas include decentralisation; Universal Health Coverage, Tertiary Care, Strategic leveraging on the Private sector; Supply Chain; Research as well as Staff welfare and accountability.
Point-one of the seven priority areas according to Dr Madigele is about empowering the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and transforming them into fully fledged Regional Health Authorities.

“In this case, they will be rationalised from 27 to 18 and have the authority to hire A and B Scales, promote up to C1 and manage micro procurement,” he said. Point two is about improving the quality of healthcare services. “The main causes of mortality and their risk factors in Botswana are Primary Health Care issues,” Dr Madigele said.

He added that “Our efforts for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage should thus focus on: Prevention; Comprehensive screening; Early treatment; and Surveillance at the community.”
This he said, would require revamped grassroots efforts in which adequate numbers of community health workers through partnerships with the non-governmental sector will be deployed as necessary.

According to Dr Madigele, the top five causes of death in Botswana in 2017 were HIV/AIDS, Ischemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and Diabetes. He said compared to 2007, NCDs among these had increased in burden by an average of 34%. The top five risk factors related to these causes of mortality were unsafe sex; poor diet; high blood pressure; alcohol abuse and tobacco use.

Improving the quality of care, Madigele said will also include the safety and security of patients; attitudes of staff as experienced by patients; time taken in queues either before seeing a health worker or receiving medication and the availability of drugs.

Meanwhile, the health minister revealed that the commissioning of Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is ongoing with the facility scheduled for opening on April 24th. “This will be a phased approach commencing with some services including paediatric oncology, internal medicine, rheumatology and endocrinology, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services and pharmacy”.

A phased commissioning of SKMTH will reduce overdependence on South Africa for referrals, reduce costs and also institutionalise provision of super specialist services within Botswana.

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