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Heroic Lekaukau laid to rest

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In his 71 years of life and in particular, his longest stay in the public service, the late Cuthbert Moshe Tebogo Lekaukau may have rubbed many people the wrong way.

But the fact is, this country needs more people like him. Lekaukau counts among the many men and women who have served this country with great diligence and the history of this noble land will not be complete without a paragraph dedicated to him. While as a nation we are crying for having lost one of the country’s biggest role models. Equally, we celebrate the life lived well against all odds and thank God for having giving this republic one of the greatest icons and visionaries.

In the words of her daughter, Tsholofelo, her father was ‘the biggest role model as you have shown commitment to everything that you have been engaged in, you are a faithful Christian, a successful career man, a loving husband, caring father, a responsible citizen and a loyal friend”.

As much as he was a disciplinarian, Moshe was a friend to all and knew how to interact with all and give advice accordingly to the young, old, rich and the peasants.

What brought me closer to Lekaukau is the nature of my work- journalism. I started my career at a time when he was permanent secretary, and by God’s design, his wife Tshisimogo too was holding the same position in other ministry. This made it just to be impossible for the likes of myself to avoid being in contact with this family.

I often carried a camera to many of my social and work meetings. One day I went for routine weekly prayers at the King Christ Cathedral in the Main Mall carrying my camera as I had to take pictures of my friend’s daughter who was being baptised by Bishop Boniface Setlalekgosi.

Realising that I was carrying a camera on that day, Lekaukau asked me to take at least one good picture of his daughter Tsholo as she was being baptised by too. I obliged. I am sure Lekaukau must have treasured that picture as it took me at least five years to deliver it, but still it brought great happiness to him.
I realised Lekaukau’s love for his daughter and family that he is not the kind of man who gives up on his hope.

He would ask me every time we met when would I bring the picture of his daughter and my response was that I would once I find proper accommodation. By the Lord’s grace it happened and I managed to get Tsholo’s picture and delivered it to Lekaukau’s office. On that day he looked me in the face and said, “I never realised that you are such an honest man!” He then picked up the phone and informed MmaLekaukau about the good news. Since then we became closer.

The secret
At the time when I was attending church at King the Christ Cathedral, Lekaukau was the chairman of the church council. I and another friend, Jacob Sesinyi took a decision to go back to our parent’s church the United Congregation Church for Southern Africa (UCCSA).

When we left the Cathedral we chose not to announce it because it was obvious that Lekaukau was never going to understand our reasons for quitting. For a long time when we met he would ask me why he doesn’t see me at church and I would be economic with the truth and advance different reasons.

The secret came out into the open one day during the Sunday that the Ministers Fraternal had dedicated for ministerial exchange during which ministers are where ministers are assigned to preach at a different church.

Bishop Setlalekosi came to our church Trinity and he asked Reverend Master Basele if the two faces that he is seeing are Jacob Sesinyi’s, and mine. Basele replied in the affirmative.  Setlalekgosi said to him, “What makes me glad is that the two boys are not lost to God.” But still, even being given the green light, I could not inform Lekaukau.

My latest engagement with Lekaukau was his interest on my tribe Bakhurutshe of Tonota. He engaged me a lot on why we call ourselves Bakhurutshe and not Bahurutshe. Lekaukau being a nation builder died while he was still mobilising Ba –K-hutshe of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to come together as well as writing a book about the tribe. Nothing was pleasing like seeing both Lekaukau’s requiem mass and funeral being conducted by Setlalekgosi.

 May his souls rest in peace.

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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

Yvonne Mooka

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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.

The Prophet responds
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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