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Thirsty lions, buffaloes invade villages

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Residents of Manxotae and surrounding villages are living in fear following a sudden invasion by lions in pursuit of weak and thirsty buffaloes which have infested the surrounding villages in search of water.

When The Midweek Sun arrived in the concerned villages, herds of buffaloes and elephants were seen, in their hundreds roaming around homesteads competing with human beings for the scarce water from the wells dug in the river bed. Regional Wildlife Officer for the Central District, Onalenna Kgathi, revealed to The Midweek Sun that the sudden influx of lions in the concerned villages is due to trailing the dehydrated and weak buffaloes as well as looking for water.

“When herds of buffaloes and elephants are on their migration routes, lions trail them to feed on the weak ones hence the current situation experienced by the villages in the Nata area,” she said. A farmer whose six cattle were recently eaten by lions near the almost dry village dam, Mopedi Ntuane was lost for words as he said that the lions which have invaded their cattle posts and share a water drinking hole with their cattle have been killing and eating his cattle.

“So far I have only managed to find the carcasses of only three of my animals as the rest of them were completely devoured by the lions. Just last week, my herd boys found lions eating one of my animals and the wildlife officers were called to chase away the lions. Unfortunately, one cannot claim compensation for the killing of one’s animal by lions from the Wildlife Department without any proof which includes the remains of the carcass. I will be compensated for the three animals whose carcasses I located,” he said.

Another farmer Tshireletso Ngaka who lost four beasts and one horse finds it hard to accept the loss especially because, he said, it was not the first time he had lost his livestock to predators. “Over the years, I have lost count of the number of my livestock eaten by lions but this year things are bound to become worse because, due to the drought and shortage of water, our cattle share the same drinking holes with lions thereby making it easy for livestock to be eaten at the drinking hole,” he said Ngaka.

He accused  the Wildlife Department of taking a very long time to compensate them, he also complained that their cash compensation is not enough since it has got nothing to do with the value of the animal eaten. Ngaka informed this publication that a horse on the market is sold for cash in the region of P7 000-00 whereas the government gives them P3, 500 for the loss of a horse to the predators. Ntuane attributed the invasion of villages by wild animals to water shortage in the region.

He said they had always anticipated it since there are no dams or boreholes out in the bush far away from villages which can be used by thirsty wild animals.“Farmers around the area have long advised the Wildlife Department to keep away wild animals from villages by constructing many dams in the bush where animals live far away from people but to no avail. Once these animals get thirsty, it is logical for them to look for water all over the place hence they end up tracing it to the nearby villages,” he said.

Another victim, Dona Amos could neither hide her disappointment at the current turn of events. “These lions will leave us empty handed as they are all over the place. Our cattle are not used to them and as such, they eat as they like since we are not allowed by the law to touch them. If we were given the permission, we could have shot some to scare them far away from human settlement, but we cannot do that as we will be locked up. Animals seem to be more important to the government than its citizens,” she said.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC

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Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.

He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.

“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.

So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.

He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”

Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.

He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.

According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

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In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.

In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.

“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.

The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.

At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.

Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.

The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.

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Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.

It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.

The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.

This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.

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