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Various speakers at a meeting called by former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) president Ian Khama in Serowe took turns to promise that they would vote the ruling party out of power at the general elections slated for later this year.

This was after listening to the lamentations of Khama at a meeting he had called Bangwato for a gathering at the Serowe showgrounds on Saturday. Khama had briefed the tribe on his problems with the leadership of the BDP under President Mokgweetsi Masisi which he said had compelled him to consider dumping his father’s party. When addressing the people on what he termed undemocratic tendencies meted on him by his party, Khama went on to tacitly campaign for the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) led by Duma Boko, calling on his people to consider bringing the main opposition party into power.

He told his audience that despite all that could be done by anybody to trample on their rights and freedoms, they should remember that the greatest weapon they could use is the ballot. An interview with a Councillor of Malatswai, Baitshepi Mosimanegape on the sidelines of the meeting suggested that a plan was already put out in motion for those with influence to go and rally people behind Khama’s wishes. Councillor Mosimanegape was beaming with excitement when he spoke to The Midweek Sun: “This is the time we have been waiting for. We are going out there to consult and mobilise as requested by Khama.”

Speaking openly during comments and question time, Motshereganye Sentsho, who said he had received warning letters from the party for his outspokenness, said he was happy Khama had come to see them. “Your father said you should rely on your tribe,” he said, endorsing the idea of helping the opposition to beat the BDP at the general elections this year. “Your problems are our problems. We have been waiting for you and now we know your position. Wherever you go, we go with you,” added Bernard Letsididi. An unidentified elderly woman, who was rather emotional, wondered where Dr Masisi’s father was when the BDP was formed by Seretse Khama.

“I am a founding member of the BDP and we have suffered for this party. Re tsamaya le wena,” she said to Khama. Another unidentified man wondered what was wrong with the 5th President of Botswana. “We are members of the BDP because of your father. Anywhere you go, we will go with you and if you delay in returning to us, we will have joined Bokwe (Boko) by the time you come,” he said. “The Bible says we should respect our fathers.

We should also respect our Dikgosi. It seems we are losing our culture. We are happy you came and will await your return,” said Lawrence Bodilonyane who also endorsed Khama’s project to decampaign the Masisi government ahead of the elections this October. Yet another unidentified man from Palapye assured Khama that the people of Palapye would not vote the BDP. “Even the people of Serowe will not vote the BDP because the party leadership has betrayed our Kgosikgolo,” he said. Kebaalotse Sethong from Lerala assured the meeting that he could never desert his Kgosikgolo. “We are in mourning because our MP (Prince Maele) has been suspended and we have asked him to contest as an independent candidate.

“Things are now clear because we have been wondering where you were when our party was being torn apart by the dogs,” said Sethong before promising Khama that wherever he goes, he too will follow him.

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Kanye born actress on SA’s ‘The throne’

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Kanye born star, Koketso Mophuting managed to grow her acting career to greater heights after securing a role in Isibaya and is now an actress on South Africa’s weekly drama, The Throne.

The Throne is a television drama centred on the Kwena royal family, which portrays a vicious power struggle on which every family member desperately tries to serve their own interest. The drama airs from Monday to Thursday on DSTV channel 161. Her acting career began a long time ago, through her taking part in the local drama ‘Thokolosi’ in which she played Katlego.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, passionate Mophuting said that it is never easy to wave Botswana’s flag high in the congested South African entertainment industry, but that will not deter her from achieving her dreams.

“Nothing good ever comes without hard work, I encourage local artists to work hard enough to build their own legacies,” she said.The 29-year old actress took part in a short film that was produced under her newly formed production company but has not been screened yet.

Mophuting also played ‘Gugu’ on Single Mothers and she had appeared on a television production called The Bantu Hour.Mophuting will be seen playing the role of Sethunya, a character in which she uses her beauty and charm to acquire better things for herself. “It is an exciting year to grow my brand and mostly my acting career,” she said. The Throne is a production by Ferguson Films owned by Connie and Shona Ferguson.

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BATSWANA BAD AT SEX

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For a long time, majority of Batswana have been shying away from holding conversations about sex and according to local author, Kagiso Bareki, many relationships and marriages do not last because of poor sex life.

Speaking during Gamaila Authors Empowerment Session and Exhibition, Bareki hinted that bad sex has destroyed majority of marriages and love affairs, hence he saw the need to write his book dubbed ‘Sex and Intimacy,’ which mainly teaches people how to have sex.

He has written 16 books, mainly Christian books and some novels. He encourages authors to keep writing books and confidently shares that writing books has destroyed his ability to work for someone else, as it is a career on its own.

Bareki said he wrote his most talked about book ‘Sex and Intimacy’ after he realised that majority of Batswana are bad at having sex, both men and women. “We have never been taught how to have sex, we have been taught how to communicate and how to budget but not how to have sex. The book I wrote capitalises on ‘how to,’ that couples need to properly do the foreplay, massages and know how to kiss during sex,” he said.

Asked whether there is a specific gender that needs to be taught how to have sex Bareki said that all genders are affected.“Re na le mathata. This sex issue is wrecking marriages and love affairs. Sex is a topic that we often avoid because some are just ashamed to speak about it openly, yet it is important,” he added.

Bareki has challenged married couples to create a proper environment for sex, further stating that there are things specifically designed for sex, such as enhancements, food and sex furniture that accommodate many sexual positions. “There are foods to eat during sex, yet many couples do not eat during sex,” said Bareki. He also said the book includes rules of sexual enjoyment, vaginal dryness and many other interesting topics.

He shared with authors that he promotes his books through the internet and that he has already sold 10 000 copies. Other authors who graced the event were Koziba Sebina, who is a professional speaker and international success coach, Belinda Lekone who spoke about her book, ‘Against all Odds’ and Member of Parliament for Kanye South Abram Kesupile.

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