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District Commissioner calls Khama Jehovah

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Likening President Ian Khama with God or Jesus, which is popular among ordinary Batswana especially the elderly, seems to have now entered the public service corridors.

A high-ranking public servant in Kweneng District says Khama is Jehovah. Kweneng District Commissioner (DC), Dr Temba Mmusi revealed on Monday this week that Khama is Jehovah. “Jehovah has brought in Economic Stimulus Package (ESP). ESP is here.

This is a government’s attempt to stimulate the economy. I am coordinating the ESP in this district. My team report to me every two weeks and if there is a fallout with any government department, that department will be in the red zone in terms of performance”, revealed Dr Mmusi when addressing the ongoing Kweneng District Council (KDC) session.

While some councilors demanded that the DC be called to order Dr Mmusi pulled another stunt and boldly pledged his allegiance to the President. KDC Chairman Jeffry Sibisibi however ignored calls for the DC to be called to order but asked him to continue to address the council. Dr Mmusi was answering on behalf of various government departments’ questions that were asked by councilors.

When responding to why some government departments in the district had a poster of President Khama with some extract messages from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) 2014 Manifesto and the party emblem, Dr Mmusi saw no evil. “I see nothing wrong with those messages. If those messages are from Jehovah and are good messages, I do not see anything wrong with government departments having such messages on their notice boards”, said the DC.

After the session, Dr Mmusi would not be drawn into discussing his statements. Councillor Ofentse Mareme of Gabane North East from Gabane-Mankgodi Constituency, who had asked about Khama’s posters, expressed disappointment at the answer by the DC. “ It is disappointing to have such a statement from a public servant. If it were coming from a politician I would understand. What message is he sending to his juniors and other public servants? We do not want such public officers who pledge their allegiance to individuals and not the country”, fumed Mareme.

Councillor for Ngware at Letlhakeng-Lephephe Constituency, Ontathile Selatlho said it is disturbing for the DC to utter words of allegiance to the president. He said this is a clear indication that the BDP is politicising the public service.

“This is very worrisome to have a top public servant going to an extent of seeing a picture of God when he sees the president. We may not be wrong to suggest that he is a BDP card carrying member if you heard him defend the displaying of BDP posters in government departments. It is a concern given the fact that DCs fall under the Office of the President they might be influenced to act in such a behaviour”, said Selatlho who had earlier requested that Dr Mmusi be called to order and stop misleading the council.

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BRING IT ON Ignatius Moswaane ready to serve Francistown West again

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READY TO LEAD AGAIN: Francistown West MP Ignatius Moswaane

Ignatius Moswaane is a former Francistown City Mayor and he served as Monarch Councillor until he took over the reigns as Francistown West constituency in 2014. The constituency had been in the hands of the late Tshelang Masisi before Moswaane took over.

Now the outspoken MP is ready to defend it.
He lists the construction of an additional secondary school at Gerald Estate, the undertaking of a P36 million streetlights project and construction of a road network at Monarch among some of his achievements both as Councillor and later MP.

“The peripheral servicing of the planned Central Business District (CBD) at Gerald Estate has been completed.  “Over and above that we have used the P10 million community development money from government to build houses, some of which we are renting out to public servants.“We have divided the constituency into three (3) clusters and each will have a multi-purpose recreational hall,” said the Botswana Democratic (BDP) Member of Parliament (MP).

He added that Gerald Estates and Phase 6 in Monarch will soon have a local center each owned by the VDC which will lease the shopping area to business. Moswaane initiated Monarch Development Centre to help the youth access government economic projects by, among other things, doing business plans for them for free. His next phase is to push for industrialisation of Francistown by using local resources. “Besides, Francistown must become an industrial hub for the region where, instead of SADC countries going all the way to Johannesburg and Durban to collect their cargo, the cargo is brought to the Francistown airport from their source be it Asia, or where ever by plane for the owner to collect the cargo here.

Our airport is under-utilised at the moment,” he noted. Another way of creating employment is for government to increase its efforts of using ISPAAD to help small scale farmers next to Francistown to grow fruits and vegetables to the extent that we do not import anything. Moswaane regrets government’s slow pace on allocating plots at Gerald Estates. “Since 2012 some 2500 plots have been serviced yet a lot of people from as far back as 1990s are on the waiting list because government is yet to allocate the plots.

The Minister had promised that the process would commence in December last year but nothing has thus far happened. If elected, I will follow up on the matter,” pledged the MP. He is also of the view that more resources should be invested in Nyangabgwe to make it a health facility of choice. “It should be turned into a state of the art hospital where special medical care is provided to attract even people from outside the country. The residents of Francistown need a district hospital,” he observed.

If he returns to parliament, Moswaane will move that the Youth Development Fund (YDF) be increased from P120million to P1billion and the Gender Economic Empowerment Fund from P50 million to P1 billion as well. Moswaane believes the country should build more technical colleges and brigades to carter for the thousands of students who leave school every year without the necessary grade needed as the entry threshold to tertiary schools.

In 2014, Moswane garnered 5304 votes against second-placed Habaudi Hobona of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) who was voted in by 3461 voters. UDC was represented by Shatiso Tambula who managed a paltry 950 votes. This year Moswaane will have to fend off competition from Dira Moalosi of the Alliance for Progressives (AP) and Mbaakanyi Lenyatso of the UDC.

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

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CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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