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HARDHITTING: Leach Tlhomelang

Former nominated Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor, Leach Tlhomelang has come out guns blazing describing former President Ian Khama as the most useless president this country has ever had.

Speaking at a political rally over the weekend to launch the BDP council ward candidate for Ranaka village, Mothibedi Mothibedi and BDP parliamentary hopeful Thapelo Letsholo, Tlhomelang who was the guest speaker lamented that Khama has got nothing to show for the 20 years he was in political office. He told the rally that Khama was a vice president for a decade and president for another 10 years but there is nothing concrete that he has achieved for the country. “Masisi has been in office for only one year, but has delivered far more than what Khama did in 20 years,” he said.

Tlhomelang said that he supports President Masisi whole heartedly because unlike former president Khama, in the short time he has been in office he has increased salaries for civil servants, lifted the hunting ban and he is doing a lot to make sure that young people are active in the economy. He said he is not bothered by people who are against President Masisi’s initiatives more especially those who oppose the hunting ban. He said those people’s motives are to see Botswana as a gigantic animal zoo.

Tlhomelang accused Khama of confusing some people with serving them with soup and that makes them believe he is a good leader. He charged that “Maybe there is something mysterious in this soup that initiates people and makes them to think improperly, how can people not see that Khama is a useless leader who achieved nothing in 20 years?” he charged.

Tlhomelang pleaded with Ranaka residents who attended the rally to vote for Letsholo and the BDP council candidate. He described Letsholo as a capable leader who has worked for Kgalagadi Breweries and an astute businessman and has no doubt he will represent Kanye North well. Although he was disappointed to lose primary elections to Letsholo after some reflection he is convinced that voters made a good decision to elect Letsholo over him because he feels he might be too old for the task.

Tlhomelang said, “Nowadays I get easily tired and maybe if I was voted ahead of Letsholo I could probably have spent most of my time in parliament sleeping, so it is good that we have a young person like Letsholo who still has a lot of energy.” On the council candidate Tlhomelang pleaded with people to vote for BDP council candidate Mothibedi because he is a capable person who even led a regiment to Mozambique while a soldier, during the BDF deployment on a peace mission. After retirement Mothibedi served as VDC chairman for Ranaka village. The political rally was graced by Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Karabo Gare.

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A welcome snitch

Yvonne Mooka



CELLPHONE TRACKER: Tebogo Aaron says criminals have labelled him a snitch for helping the police track people’s stolen property

Tebogo Aaron works hand-in-hand with Botswana Police Service to track down missing and stolen cellphones.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, the 38-year-old man from Mahalapye says that on average, he traces between 25 and 50 mobile phones per day. He runs a store called Gadgets + Collectables, with two branches in Airport Junction and Phakakane’s Acacia mall.

Even though he sells a variety of gadgets, among them cellphones, Bluetooth speakers, laptops, it is the business of cellphone tracking that has given him a niche in the market. The Business Management and IT graduate says that his cellphone tracking business makes him stand out. “We are now in the era of cellphones. Almost every person has a cellphone and again, people steal them at a high rate,” he says.

Aaron provides police with leads, allowing them to do recoveries. He helps people who come with a police affidavit. “I have attracted hate from thugs thinking I’m a snitch,” he laughs.
But how long does it take for him to track down a cellphone? He says that the gadget becomes traceable the moment a sim card gets inserted inside.

His observation is that people have a tendency of buying stolen gadgets something he says is risky as one ends up charged by the police for buying a stolen item.
“Thugs steal phones with the intention to sell them, not to keep them. They want fast cash,” he says. And he says that thieves would go to an extent of creating fake Facebook pages to sell their stolen cellphones.

“Immediately after selling them, they delete the social media accounts while the buyer is left with it. People must take precaution,” he says. One of the people who have benefited from Aaron’s service, Lerato Lepang says her phone and wallet were snatched from her on June 4 in Molepolole.

“I reported with the police. A week later I heard of Gadgets + Collectables and decided to give it a shot. I went to the store on July 13 with a police affidavit as well as my phone details.“Five days later I received a call from them saying they had details of someone who had my phone,” she says. Another person Masego Mokgwatlheng says Aaron managed to recover her phone after a month in June.

She had forgotten it in a cab and traces showed that the cab driver had sold it to a Zimbabwean man. “I am now using my phone. It was made easier because I had a police affidavit,” she says. In addition to cellphone tracking, Aaron also tracks lost or stolen pets, bicycles and luggage. He has five employees.

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Mixed reactions to Masisi’s law on home-operated businesses



President Mokgweetsi Masisi intends to simplify the process of starting micro-businesses to make it less demanding. This entails retracting licenses for starting small businesses such as tuckshop, manicures and many others.

The Midweek Sun went out on the streets to hear views of the people about the new bill.A boutique owner based in Kanye Thapelo Dioka said it is a good initiative but he worries that Batswana will even set-up businesses which are not environmentally friendly.

“I have long struggled and been unable to rent out my spare bedrooms to try feed my family, due to stringent procedures of acquiring licenses,” said Dioka. Kolobetso Maswabi lamented that for a long time young people have been paying expensive rentals. The new law will help in starting and maintaining businesses as there will be no rentals to pay.

“For some of us who stay next to big malls the law will be an advantage, I am going to operate business in the backyard,” she says. However some had doubts about the new law, describing it as a campaign strategy and a desperate effort to gain political mileage. They will only believe it when it is signed into law.

“Why would he retract licenses when elections are about to take place and there is a need for them to explain more on what they mean about small scale businesses,” asked another entrepreneur.

Tiraone Basenyafela, an entrepreneur with disability who does leather works, lamented that they have long endured charges for licenses and at times failure to renew the licenses results in losing them.

“I believe that only big shops should be required to have licenses, not small businesses and struggling individuals like me,” said Basenyafela.

President Masisi explained that the new law intends to help Batswana improve their livelihoods and graduate from poverty, but added that licenses will still be required for those seeking to deal in food businesses and others that could be potentially unfriendly to the environment.

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