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MILITANT: Gaborone Bonnington South Parliamentary candidate Ketlhalefile Motshegwa

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Parliamentary candidate for Gaborone Bonnington South Ketlhalefile Motshegwa says the country should strive to be export-orientated.

He stated that the creation of 100 000 jobs in 12 months can be achieved if the country changes its way of doing things, which UDC has promised as one of its key priorities when it attains state power.

Motshegwa who was speaking during a political rally this past weekend said the UDC Manifesto explicitly states how that would be attained. The UDC will be launching its manifesto in Maun on Saturday.

According to Motshegwa, a renowned unionist, Botswana should strive to be export-orientated so that decent jobs could be created. As things stand, he said, the country is importing almost everything. He said Batswana deserve decent jobs and decent living. He explained that Batswana do not benefit from the economy of their country due to corruption.

“As a matter of urgency and moral orientation, the economy of this country must be put in the hands of the indigenous Batswana.” To address this, Motshegwa said there is need for a deliberate, radical and practical transformation of economic dynamics for the benefit of indigenous Batswana.

“Our economic policies must competently give Batswana decent living and prosperity, with focus particularly on the poor and the working class who are painfully on the margins of the economy,” Motshegwa told a weekend rally in Gaborone.

He posited that the country also needs an education-production system where graduates could be easily absorbed into the market. Currently, Motshegwa said, graduates are not market ready, which also contributes to high levels of unemployment.

“We want social security benefits such as insurance, medical aid and pension for our lowly paid cadres. This can only be realised if we have decent jobs. “We can derive such jobs in the manufacturing, mining and tourism sectors among others.

These are some of the areas where we have exported jobs instead of goods and services. The status quo calls for these classes of the poor and workers to get up and unite in calling for a share in the economy. “They must stage demonstrations and all sorts of campaigns to put their agenda and aspirations at the forefront of public policy,” he said.

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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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