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Abaleng Jaiden, Amagolo Jordan, Anele Jaisen and Atlegang Joe Ditsile are so incredibly handsome. They were born weighing between 2690-1960g. Snuggling peacefully in their individual cots, the quads are far away in dreamland.

The noise of conversations around them does very little to rouse them from their afternoon nap. Apparently, the celebrity quads enjoy this a lot. For visitors, they might be mistaken for thinking that there are no newborns in the house. Even as the camera clicks, this does very little to stir them. And when they are each handed over to their mom, they still remain with eyes closed. The extraordinary boys only stretch for a second or two, eyes still closed. The celebrity boys were born in May at the Life Gaborone Private Hospital, and they are just perfect.

Born at 37 weeks, the boys were immediately taken to the nursery from theatre, and have adjusted so well to life outside mom’s protective womb. Looking at each of them, it would be difficult to say who of them is who – they look so identical. But their parents have already managed to separate who is who, and can tell you proudly that Atlegang (4th) and Abaleng (1st) are similar when it comes to looks.

Prior to mastering how to tell them apart, they explain that they relied on the pegs that were used to hold the cords to tell who is who. By the time the cord fell off, they had already mastered the art of knowing them very well. In fact they are so confident that if someone were to be sent out of the room, and the kids were swapped around, they can come back and tell them apart without a hitch. Amagolo is the gentle one, and when he is full and his nappy changed, he is the sweetest of all the Quads. The baby, Atlegang always makes his demands known with a wail. Even when it comes to sleeping, he sometimes prefers to sleep next to mom and dad, and will wake up the minute they take him back to the cot. Life around a newborn is hectic enough but multiply that by four, and that should give you an idea of a typical day in the life of the proud parents to the Quads.

Parents, Keneilwe Ditsile and the beaming father, Otsile Kgafela are adjusting very well to their new role. They work as a unit, and with the help of family, everything is just smooth sailing.
Besides the Quads, Ditsile and Kgafela are parents to three elder sons, the youngest being four years. With the birth of the Quads, they were hoping that mom will have a girl to cool off the testosterone in the house. Instead they were blessed with four boys. Speaking from the family home in Block 3 in Gaborone, mom explains that the names of the four little ones is inspired by one of her favourite Hymns, ‘O bale masego a gago (Count your blessings).

The parents explain that multiple birth is not rare in both of their families. Twins and triplets run in their families. In a day, the four bubbas go through quite a number of nappies.
Up to five in total each, meaning that a pack of 88 nappies is a walk in the park for them. Owning two feeding bottles each, the parents explain that when they are busy with one bottle, the other bottle is ready for their next feeding.

Night time, they have developed a system and each takes turns changing and feeding the quads. There is a shocking story behind how they discovered that they were expecting this rare occurrence especially when considering that the mom conceives naturally. They were aware about three babies and at one of the scans early during the pregnancy, a lab technician hinted that there was a possibility of baby number four. But that thought was shelved as through the rest of the pregnancy, the doctors were only aware of three heartbeats. Atlegang the last Quad was delivered just as the doctors were certain that they were done with delivering all the babies.

“We have adjusted to life with them. I have an amazing support system from dad, my family and GPH,” she says adding that GPH has proven that they are more than just a hospital. Her employer First National Bank Botswana has also been very supportive and given her all the support that she needs. She says that her pregnancy was normal, and that she didn’t have any major issues. “I led a normal life until delivery,” she says. Besides dad, mom relies on help from their nanny, and her sister to give her all the help and assistance that she needs.

Speaking in an interview, GPH Matron Joyce Mokoti explains that this is the first Quad birth that they have registered in ten years. She explains that they are used to triplets and twins (which are popular at the hospital). “This means a lot for us as a hospital. Quads are very rare,” she says noting that it is an honour for them to have safely delivered them, and that they are more than just patients. “This is something worth celebrating,” she explains.

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Boko has failed his constituency – Mokgethi



THROWING SALVO: Anna Mokgethi vows to turn around the fortunes of Gaborone Bonnington North

Botswana Democratic Party Parliamentary hopeful for Gaborone Bonnington North Annah Mokgethi says area Member of Parliament failed to utilise the P10million constituency Development Fund to develop the constituency.

Every year government allocates P10 million to each of the 57 constituencies for developments under the ministry of local government and rural development and councils coordinate the projects. Mokgethi told the media in Gaborone on Tuesday that UDC president who is also area MP, Duma Boko was supposed to have pushed for projects to be done in the constituency.“As we speak there is nothing but the constituency has been having an MP and councillors in the past five years. “Crime is high in the area because there are no streetlights in most of our roads. Our people are attacked under the cover of darkness. Our roads are still dusty but you take our neighbouring constituencies they have paved the roads using these funds.

“We are behind because our MP has neglected the constituency ever since he was voted into office. There is nothing that he can show as a development he advocated for under the fund,” she said.
Mokgethi, a lawyer by profession, will be launched this coming Sunday by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Since its inception in 2017 the fund has been marred by controversy as MPs argued that they are not being taken on board in the projects.Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who at the time was local government minister, said it was wrong for council secretaries to snub MPs when councils consult residents on developments to do with the fund.

Mokgethi told the media that representation is about service. She said she is willing to represent the people of Bonnington North. “The people of this constituency are yearning for representation. They need a representative who will have enough time on his/her hands to attend to their needs and interests. Someone who will have an ear inclined to their needs,” she stated.

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Keletso Thobega



BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL: Many did not believe Mhotsha could commit such a heinous crime

Broadhurst Magistrate Court came to a near standstill this past Friday when Lebogang Mhotsha appeared for mention on a conspiracy to robbery case.

Sporting a spiral braided hairstyle, the 30-year-old, who looked exhausted and agitated, turned heads with her pretty face with many in the crowd peering at her and commenting on how unfortunate it was for such a beautiful young woman to be implicated in a crime of such magnitude, where blood had been spilled.

There was a heavy presence of police officers, soldiers, DIS and members from Interpol in the court that was so packed that one had to take gulps of breath to avoid suffocating. All eyes were on Mhotsi, who unflinchingly stared ahead as the brief court proceedings got underway. Details presented before court are that Mhotsha of Mogoditshane is implicated in a conspiracy to robbery following the death of three Batswana men in South Africa on the 26 July 2019.

It is said that the victims were robbed of P350, 000, ten thousand US dollars and a Samsung J72 cell phone. The deceased men were part of a team of seven Batswana headed to Durban to purchase vehicles. They were attacked along the Swartruggens road in the North West area between Mafikeng and Rustenburg by six men who robbed them at gunpoint and made off with the money. The prosecutor in the case asked the court to give them an opportunity to complete their investigations, adding that they also want to engage Interpol to assist them.

Magistrate Tshepo Thedi remanded the accused in jail pending further investigation. Mhotsha will appear in court again on 22 August 2019 together with two other accused. Botswana and South African police jointly launched investigations into the matter to establish the circumstances that led to the incident. So far, preliminary investigations have revealed that the robbery was an act of conspiracy between the suspect, Mhotsha as well as local and South African associates.

The case gets more interesting as more accused come out of hiding. This past weekend a confession was extracted from two other suspects, Poloko Seduke and Kefilwe Ramoitoi both aged 38. The duo subsequently appeared before court on Monday facing the same charge of conspiracy to robbery. Although investigations are still ongoing to piece together the puzzles in this case, it is widely believed that the three accused are part of a bigger crime syndicate operating between Botswana and South Africa that targets Batswana who travel to Durban to buy cars.

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