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FIREMAN BURNS OWN HOUSE

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Mystery surrounds an incident in which a Fire Brigade employee was found hanging naked on a tree while his house was burning and being reduced to ashes. The naked body of the 56-year old married man was discovered hanging from a tree last week Thursday in Lotlhakane East.

Neighbours of the deceased say the man who hails from Mathangwane worked for the Fire Brigade department in Lobatse. The deceased is reported to have reduced some of his accumulated property to ashes before committing suicide. One of the neighbours, Loagile Raditsele, 26, told this publication that they suspect the deceased is the one who burnt his matrimonial home before going to a nearby bush to commit suicide.

“His four children rushed into my home and begged me to rescue their father from the fire, as they suspected he was inside the burning house in the compound,” he said.Raditsebe tells The Midweek Sun that he immediately hurried to the burning house with the aim of helping the man out, only to find that nobody was inside. It was while he was frantically fighting to quell the open flames that he heard screams from other villagers, wailing and appealing for help over a naked body they had discovered a bush not far from the burning house.

According to Raditsele, the deceased only married in December 2018, adding that the wife to the deceased was not in the compound at the time of the incident. Even more intriguing, no one knows why the man was naked. “Up to now, we still wonder where he took his clothes to before he committed suicide. His wife was not home at the time of the incident, but the matter was immediately reported to the police,” he said.

Efforts to interview the wife to the deceased were not successful as she had already left for Mathangwane for her husband’s burial. Confirming the incident, Kanye Police Station Commander, Superintendent Mmoloki Mogale said that they are investigating a suicide incident as well as a burnt house among others in the compound. “It is true, the deceased’s house burnt, but police investigations are yet to establish what could have led to the incident,” he said.

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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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