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Kgoroba decries lack of democracy

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NOT AMUSED: MP Sedirwa Kgoroba of Mogoditshane blames the BDP for lack of developments

Member of Parliament for Mogoditshane Sedirwa Kgoroba of the Alliance for Progressives (AP) says there is no democracy in Botswana.

Venting his frustrations at the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)-led government during a press conference at his constituency office, Kgoroba enumerated a litany of transgressions that the state has meted out on the opposition and by extension to the electorate.In August 2018 Kgoroba wrote President Mokgweetsi Masisi a letter regarding the state of affairs at Mogoditshane sub land board.

“It is now June 2019 and I am yet to receive a response from the president, not even to acknowledge receiving the letter at least. So this is a clear indication of the modus operandi in our government,” he said. Two years ago Kgoroba says he brought before parliament a Private Members Bill which sought to address the plight of people living with severe disability but the Speaker, Gladys Kokorwe sent him from pillar to post.

“To this day I still await Hon Kokorwe to bring that Bill to the floor,” said Kgoroba. The Bill sought to commit government to make a special dispensation for people with severe disability and to pay a living wage to PWSD and their caretakers and even provide severance benefit packages for their caretakers. Early last year, he said, Mogoditshane Community Junior Secondary School had about ten classes attending classes outdoors with about 60 students per class for those who attended indoors.

In relation to that, the parents assigned Kgoroba to get them permission to deliver a petition to the Office of the President which he says he did but to this day, “we have never received a response from the office of the president, not even an acknowledgement of receiving the letter.”

Kgoroba said he was deliberately mentioning these incidents so that people know that there is no democracy in this country. He said it is a lie to say Botswana is a true democracy when they are denied services they are constitutionally entitled to. “Even when the sitting government fails to deliver, they still go on to deny us the platform to plead,” he said.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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