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Kanye woman, Hilda Modikwe could not stop crying last Sunday before the church when she narrated how her prophet resurrected her from the dead. According to the mother of three, Prophet Keletso Moenda of Be Free Christian Church in Gaborone was sent by God to deliver her and her family from the spirit of death that was tormenting them. She testified that when she came to church on August 13, the prophet picked her and told her that there are unending cases of death in her family, which she confirmed to be true. He also told her that she had a heart condition, which she also said was true.

She states that the man of God said she was going to have a mild stroke. “He said I was next on the line to die in my family, and said however, that it is well and that the Lord will not allow it to happen,” she says. During the three weeks, she said she was unsettled and had sleepless nights as she was worried about her children. “I was already thinking about dividing my properties among them and other things,” she said. When she went to see the doctor, she says, the doctor told her the other side of her heart was not functioning well, which she states confirmed what the prophet had told her.

As she pointed at her left eye that was swelling, she said it was a sign that she was going to have a mild stroke as she could feel the other signs. “My heart was pumping fast and it felt like it was going to stop functioning altogether,” she says. She adds that she had been using the anointed Water of Promise from church. Death and resurrection in church Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Prophet Moenda says when Modikwe came to church, he could see the spirit of death and he told her about it.

“She confirmed it and said other men of God have told her about it before,” he says, adding that the woman had suffered mild stroke. He would then pray for her. Now when she came to church the following Sunday, the prophet says he saw her dying in front of him and the church. “Right in my eyes, she died. In front of believers and non-believers. I know satan wanted to disgrace me to test whether I’m a true man of God,” he states, recalling that he was preaching on Prophets are God-directed, covered and forgiven, as his message.

“As I was preaching, I saw her collapse. She was motionless and I saw her brother and daughter crying uncontrollably. None of her body parts was functioning and her tongue had come out,” he says. The prophet says the spirit of the Lord led him to her and he saw that the woman was dead. But how did he know that she was dead? “I don’t need to be a doctor to know that. I was directed by the spirit of the Lord as his prophet,” he explains, citing John 14:12, Philippians 4:13 and John 11 to show the power that Christians have. He says that as he sprinkled her with the Water of Promise, water started coming out of her mouth. He says it was the first time his faith in God got to be tested like that.

“I started to raise my hands to the heavens and prayed resurrection scriptures,” he says, adding that it took him close to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Modikwe’s brother wanted to take her to the hospital as he had lost hope. The whole church was crying. Prophet says Modikwe then rose up, rolled up on the floor and the whole church started glorifying God and giving him thanks. According to Moenda, it was God who rose Modikwe from death. “I’m just a vessel, the glory belongs to God. Victory belongs to him,” he says.A church member says the incident strengthened their faith in God.

“With God, all things are possible,” he says. The church media team has recorded video of the incident. From a traffic officer to prophet Narrating how God called him, 34 year-old Moenda from Ramotswa says he worked as a traffic officer for eight years and he was based in Borakanelo Police Station. Though his mother says there were miraculous circumstances surrounding his birth like other prophets, he says he understood his calling from 2013 and registered the church. “From primary school levels, I used to see myself fighting spiritual animals and defeating them,” he says.

He explains that he grew up as an isolated and quiet child. In 2013, he attended Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s crusade in Gaborone and he prophesied about his calling as a prophet. The following year he visited Prophet T.B. Joshua’s church in Nigeria. Prior to starting a church, he was a member of a local Zion Christian Church. He is married with two children.

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University of Botswana students are bracing themselves for the Student Representative Council (SRC) elections. Contenders are fighting tooth and nail to appease the electorate. Three camps are in contention to fill the 13 council positions.

Umbrella for Democratic Change’s (UDC) Moono-wa-Baithuti has the onerous task of defending all the 13 seats which they hauled at the last elections of 2018. “As Moono wa Baithuti, we have lots of achievements. We are on the verge of getting the student bar open, so we need to go back and fix what we started,” said UDC’s Tumelo Legase who is vying for the position of Vice President.

He said they have advocated for student empowerment policies and are also proposing a third arm of student representation. “We have the SRC and the Judiciary, what we need is the student Parliament so that we have a large number of leaders who can independently attend to problems across the university.” The dark horse in this race is the University of Botswana’s Alliance for Progressive (AP) which will take another leap of faith despite their loss in the previous election.

They are rejuvenated and redefined. Candidate for Vice President Karabo Bokwe said central to their mandate is making the welfare of the student community a priority. “We want to help eradicate school policies that border on oppression, and through new polices call for initiatives that come with enterprenuership benefits to students.”

AP candidate for Information and Publicity, a first year Criminal Justice student Gracious Selelo said they are more united than other parties even at national level. “We don’t have internal squabbles within our party, we are more focused and can deliver our mandate easily,” she noted.

However the ruling party’s BDP GS-26 will come with all guns blazing after an embarrassing defeat in the previous elections. Preparations have been made and the GS-26 is looking to take the elections by storm.

According to their Presidential Candidate Boniface Seane, they come with the message of hope that addresses the current status quo at the University.“The university is not functioning so we drew three policies that embrace inclusiveness. We want to lead collectively with the students, through the student body meetings which the previous SRCs have failed to do. “We will consult with the students with no discrimination.”

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The Health ministry has developed a seven-point programme to guide the country in improving the healthcare system, says Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Rabashemi Madigele.

“The seven priority areas will serve as a roadmap and a guardian angel towards improving the overall healthcare system and increasing access to health care while fighting the burden of disease that confronts us,” said Madigele at Masa Square Hotel on Tuesday.

The focal areas include decentralisation; Universal Health Coverage, Tertiary Care, Strategic leveraging on the Private sector; Supply Chain; Research as well as Staff welfare and accountability.
Point-one of the seven priority areas according to Dr Madigele is about empowering the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and transforming them into fully fledged Regional Health Authorities.

“In this case, they will be rationalised from 27 to 18 and have the authority to hire A and B Scales, promote up to C1 and manage micro procurement,” he said. Point two is about improving the quality of healthcare services. “The main causes of mortality and their risk factors in Botswana are Primary Health Care issues,” Dr Madigele said.

He added that “Our efforts for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage should thus focus on: Prevention; Comprehensive screening; Early treatment; and Surveillance at the community.”
This he said, would require revamped grassroots efforts in which adequate numbers of community health workers through partnerships with the non-governmental sector will be deployed as necessary.

According to Dr Madigele, the top five causes of death in Botswana in 2017 were HIV/AIDS, Ischemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and Diabetes. He said compared to 2007, NCDs among these had increased in burden by an average of 34%. The top five risk factors related to these causes of mortality were unsafe sex; poor diet; high blood pressure; alcohol abuse and tobacco use.

Improving the quality of care, Madigele said will also include the safety and security of patients; attitudes of staff as experienced by patients; time taken in queues either before seeing a health worker or receiving medication and the availability of drugs.

Meanwhile, the health minister revealed that the commissioning of Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is ongoing with the facility scheduled for opening on April 24th. “This will be a phased approach commencing with some services including paediatric oncology, internal medicine, rheumatology and endocrinology, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services and pharmacy”.

A phased commissioning of SKMTH will reduce overdependence on South Africa for referrals, reduce costs and also institutionalise provision of super specialist services within Botswana.

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