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BPF and the Lama connection

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Former president Lt. Gen. Dr. Ian Khama is believed to have deliberately chosen to have the launch of his party – Botswana Patriotic Front – on Saturday July 6th in Kanye to coincide with the birthday of the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama.

This publication has it on good authority that Khama chose July 6 to hold the inaugural and elective congress of the BPF as way of honouring his friend, the Lama. Unfortunately the party could not hold elections as they are still to put structures in place.

The current Dalai Lama is the 14th and his real name is Lhamo Thondup. He is 84 years old and was born on the 6th July 1935 in Taktser, China.

Khama still loves BDP
Meanwhile, although he has launched the new party, Khama still considers himself a member of the rulinig Botswana Democratic Party. This publication has it on good authority that he called BDP Treasurer Satar Dada and informed him that he is still a member of the BDP and loves it.

Dada confirmed to The Midweek Sun that Khama had indeed “called me on Saturday informing me that he has still not left the BDP and still remains a member in good standing.”

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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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