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Friends of suspected serial killer speak

Yvonne Mooka

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NICE GUY: Simba’s friends know him to be a great guy

Simba Mooketsi Mampori, 31, is a shocker to his childhood friends.

They say he grew up as a humble and intelligent man from Mbalambi village of North East. He is currently trending for repeated murders of his girlfriends, the latest being Matlhogonolo Mashashu, 34, with whom he had a two year-old child.

He allegedly stabbed her with a screwdriver inside his sister’s rented house in Bontleng. He was caught by the police after trying and failing to hang himself in Mankgodi village. According to his childhood friends, he was a straight A student at primary school. One of them Bobo Malinga wrote on Facebook and said that Mampori always advocated for education and encouraged them to be diligent in their studies.

“He was always in the top 3 in class. We also liked his humility and quiet spirit,” she said. Another one Omphile Mmusi responded and said he knows him from secondary school and that he was a loving person who was also likeable.

“He respected everyone. We all respected him. Girls found him charming. Clearly he was hiding some bad qualities such as anger,” he said, adding that Mampori clearly did not know how to handle disagreements in his love affairs.

“If he can kill more than two women, it shows he lacked emotional intelligence,” he said. Majority were shocked that the responsible man they know from Mbalambi grew up into a murderer.
Mampori is also linked to another murder that occurred on 26 March in Gaborone in which a 39 year-old woman from Molepolole was found with stab wounds.

At the time of his arrest, Mampori was awaiting trial for two murder cases committed in Mahalapye and Gaborone in 2016 and 2017 respectively. He is said to have lost his job at Botswana Defence Force as a result of his pending murder cases.

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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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