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DEVILS AT GOVT, CEDA

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The CEO of CEDA Thabo Thamane this week appeared before Broadhurst Magistrate Court to testify in a threat-to-kill case. Particulars of the matter are that Tombo has been charged with threat to kill contrary to section 2.20 and for the use of insulting language, contrary to section 1.80 of the Penal Code.

The particulars of the case are that on July 5, 2017 in Gaborone without lawful excuse, Tombo said to Minister Dorcas Makgato: “I want P5 million this year or I will behead you,” or words to that effect. He is also said to have “conducted himself in a provoking manner or in a manner believed to be provoking.” The case has been dragging on for nearly two years now. Last month, a fired up Makgato testified in court that the accused had threatened to kill her and insulted her mother, adding that the accused is a lunatic.

Still during the same court case last month, Tombo shocked court when he stated that Thamane, who has been CEO of CEDA for about 17 years now, would be his witness. Thamane, who appeared annoyed to be there, openly testified, interestingly, against the accused. Thamane told court that he had come across the accused, Tombo, about twice. He explained that the accused had once applied for a loan at CEDA but unfortunately it was rejected. “It was a business related something to do with a kombi and sorghum,” he said vaguely. He also said that the loan application was rejected because Tombo’s submission did not meet the requirements.

“We told him why his loan was not approved,” he added. Thamane further said some time following his loan rejection, the accused started calling and insulting him. He described Tombo as someone who likes to speak using insults, demeaning words and distorting people’s words. Thamane said he would later receive a call from then director of DCEC Rose Seretse, who enquired about the loan rejection. A meeting was called and Thamane attended it.

“During proceedings of the meeting, I explained the procedure and requirements for a loan application with CEDA to Tombo and it appeared as if he understood everything that I told him,” he said.
But it appears that the accused did not as he would allegedly go on to insult Makgato, threatening to behead her and complaining everywhere, even going to the Office of the President. Tombo claimed that his CEDA loan application had been rejected because he had failed to produce a BDP membership card.

During cross examination, the prosecutor Amos, highlighted to court that Tombo applied for a CEDA loan in 2010 but started insulting the complainant, Makgato, in 2015. She wondered why it had taken so long for the accused to start expressing his disgruntlement. She added that at the time that Tombo uttered the insults, Makgato had already left the Ministry of Trade and Industry where she was minister and had been transferred to a different ministry.

“Why is it that the accused did not at least find out where the complainant was before hurling insults? He could have engaged the then minister about his matter.” As usual Tombo who appeared disheveled could not give a solid answer and only said: “All these people are devils and corrupt.” During cross examination, Tombo has never denied that he insulted Makgato and sent her unsavoury text messages. In his defence, he claimed that he was “very angry at Makgato.”The case, which is being heard by Magistrate Tshepo Thedi, will continue next month.

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The family of Rakops Chief Letang Segaise is convinced that high-ranking officials are behind his gruesome murder.The family has vowed that it will not rest until justice is served. Segaise was laid to rest last week after his burnt body and car were found in the bush a few kilometres away from the village.

The chief had been missing for more than 40 days. “Of course we know who is responsible (for the heinous crime) it’s just that we do not have enough evidence to prove it but this was a well-orchestrated plan by big names with flourishing bank accounts,” said an angry family member who preferred anonymity.They believe that the killer is well prepared and has covered his or her tracks well to reduce chances of ever getting caught.

They say people were hired to do the dirty job and that the “big guns” behind the murder are watching quietly from high places while “we waste our breath screaming for justice.”
This week Segaise’s family accused the government system of failing them. A member told The Midweek Sun that they have long asked the Police to grant them permission to go on a peaceful protest against ritual killings in the village but are being sent from pillar to post.

They said they went to the police for the permit only to be told that they should seek help from the District Commissioner, who allegedly sent them back to Police.Rakops station commander Thito Freeman said he advised the woman who called him that they have never heard of a family wanting to demonstrate because they would not know how to classify them.

“Permits are obtained here and it is normally organisations or unions but a family is a first and I do not know where to place them in the eyes of the law,” he said.vThe family member said the family is now scared to publicly air their opinions because it is proving extremely hard to reason with the government. “How can we reason with them when they do not want to listen, we are nobodies to think we can take on the mighty government.

“They will easily squash us and airing our views here on newspapers is angering them,” they said. The family shared that they have received a half baked report that indicates that Segaise was shot with a gun on his left ribcage. They suspect that the criminals who killed their father were aiming for his heart. The family is now struggling to come to terms with what happened to one of their own, whom they described as a departed hero, The family member said acts of people disappearing without a trace in the village have become commonplace, but nothing is being done about them.
It is for these reasons that they wish to unite the community with a peaceful demonstration.

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‘I have lost a pillar’

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HAPPIER TIMES: The late Roda with Rorisang

Rorisang Matlhaku – boyfriend to the late Rodah Putsini Kegontse – says she was an ever-smiling girl who loved giving people advice and was always there for them whenever they were experiencing challenges.

Kegontse, 19, took her own life two days after Independence holidays inside Matlhaku’s house in Ramotswa. In an interview with The Midweek Sun this week, he narrated the painful ordeal.
“She had travelled to her home village of Kanye for Independence. She surprised me by coming back to me after two days.

“There was an entertainment event which we both attended with friends,” he said. Around midnight, she asked to be dropped off at Matlhaku’s house, where he said he would join her a bit later.
Matlhaku stated that around 2am, he asked his younger sister who was with him at the event, to go and drop him off at his place. “As I passed by the bathroom, I noticed the bathtub was full of water and I thought my girlfriend had probably just finished bathing.

“When I entered the bedroom, I saw her lifeless body hanging inside the wardrobe and I quickly called my sister to drive back to my place,” he said. Matlhaku, 27, said that she had no clue what could have led his girlfriend to take her own life as she was likeable and jovial. “She was the most loving person I had ever met. She put me first before everything. When I asked her why at that age she loved me that much, she would say it was embedded in her. She even quit alcohol saying it wasn’t right that she was drinking while I wasn’t,” he said,

He said they started dating this year March. But again, he said Kegontse exhibited signs of depression. She would tell him that she used to burst into tears while in class while at secondary school becaue she felt at the time that her spirit was not well or that nobody liked her.

“She felt she wasn’t beautiful enough, that she was worthless and that people were always mocking her about her weight loss, but I always assured her that I loved her with my whole heart,” he said.
He described her as a simple person and a God-fearing young woman. “Whenever I came to her with my problems, she would advise me like a mature person, leaving me feeling better.

“She even joked that I should pay her because I had turned her into my business advisor. She used to call me every morning saying I should wake up and go and work for Basmati rice and not pap, saying we should aim higher and work for expensive things. She was my pillar,” said the man who runs a horticulture business.
Kegontse was buried this past Saturday in Kanye.

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