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Nata Chief fears buffaloes may have brought FMD

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Kgosi Rebagamang Rancholo of Nata has a nagging fear that the marauding buffaloes may have infected cattle in his and surrounding villages such as Manxotae and Sepako with the foot and mouth disease virus.

There are however no clinical signs of the disease in the said places. At the peak of the dry season which ended only a few weeks ago hundreds of wild animals, especially buffaloes, lions and elephants invaded the Nata and neighbouring villages in search of water.

The wild animals drank water from the village dams and other sources of water where they freely mingled with local cattle herds. Too weak and dehydrated, some of the wild animals got stuck in the mud in the villages and died. Kgosi Rancholo is concerned that nothing has been done to properly dispose of the carcases which are littering the environment including the water holes.

Some of the carcases, according to him are inside the streams, rivers, dams and ponds which the rains have filled with water and from which the domestic animals are drinking.

“The fact of the matter is that, even during the dry season, whenever the Department of Wildlife, filled the water holes with water for the desperate wild animals, it seems no effort was made even to remove the carcasses from the waterholes before recharging the waterholes with water. What happened is that the cattle were made to drink from the same sources of water with a buffalo carcass inside,” said the kgosi.

The traditional leader, said he would blame no one but the Department of Wildlife should the foot and mouth disease strike in his area, argues that his community deserves better. African buffaloes are known to be one of the main transmitters of the virus to livestock making it difficult to eradicate the disease.

Transmission from the African buffalo has been reduced by separating cattle from buffaloes by the use of fences. In the case of Nata, people fear that with most of the buffaloes coming from Zimbabwe where the management of animal diseases leaves much to be desired, the risks of the disease being re-introduced in Nata are high. Apparently, the disease was last seen in Nata in 1976.

When reached for comment, the Principal Wildlife Officer, Mbututu Mbututu did not rule out the possibility of the buffaloes having infected the cattle with the FMD virus.

“We cannot rule that out. It is possible since they mingled. As we speak, the people from the Veterinary Department are on the ground studying and observing the situation. Part of their mandate is to ensure that the wild animals do not return to the village or cattle posts where they mingle with the cattle. To achieve this, we are busy rehabilitating the borehole outside the village for the wild animals,” said Mbututu.

Asked about the carcasses which are reportedly littering Nata and surrounding villages, he said those will be collected and burnt in January next year.

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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.

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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