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Gaborone youth rap MYSC, CEDA

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Gaborone based youth have singled out the turnaround time for funding of their projects and the lack of attention to the Arts by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) as the main hindrances they face. This emerged during an interactive session between the MYSC minister, Thapelo Olopeng and Gaborone based youth at the National Youth Centre in Gaborone. Senwelo Mere, a tailor who specialises in curtain making, complained that her application for funding has never been responded to.

Mere revealed that she started her small business through self-funding. She also said that has since lost four employees due to the lack of financial support. She pleaded with the minister to fast track the turnaround time for responses so that they are kept in the loop on their application progress.
In response Olopeng stated that the turnaround time in processing applications is the main concern that he is tackling. He concurred that if indeed a business has shut down due to the lengthy turnaround time then the ministry would have failed the applicant.

The minister emphasized that in the case of re-financing for previously funded businesses or projects they will be partnering with Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA). However, one young upcoming entrepreneur was quick to express his hesitancy regarding CEDA. “CEDA is for people born with silver spoons in their mouths, I am really disappointed that what they preach at their open day events is not what is happening on the ground. They do not mention the issue of their outrageous demands in regards to security when they tell Batswana about their products and services,” complained Benny Masoro.

Olopeng stated that he will invite the CEDA Chief Executive Officer, Thabo Thamane to his upcoming sessions with the youth so they engage him with their concerns. A popular local DJ Tshephang Izzy Motsisi also added his displeasure at the turnaround time in regards to his application.
Motsisi is an approved Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) holder. He is also a general Arts teacher who aims to expand his craft beyond the classroom. Olopeng responded to Motsisi by explaining that Arts are a vital aspect when developing the economy and assured the youth that he is working on having them fully recognised.

The minister highlighted that they plan to establish a second television channel to support BTV, adding that the channel will be affiliated to DSTV to give local artists more international exposure. The minister reminded the youth to brace themselves for the Economic Stimulus Package. “I urge all of you to be ready for the ESP because I want the youth to be at the forefront.

We will first focus on small projects that will require local manpower. You should take advantage of this opportunity and not be left at the rear,” advised Olopeng. Olopeng concluded that the long-term strategy is to translate the local arts into recognized and respected professions to enable artists to make a living by generating income and creating employment. Moving forward, the minster intends to push for funding of ICT programs so the youth can attain and access more interactive platforms.  

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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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