Residents of Mogoditshane Block 5 have been battling against the dust problem that has become a health issue for well over a decade, with clouds of dust descending on their homes on a daily basis. Residents are concerned about the ‘wall of dust’ they are exposed to day and night, saying it is a threat to their health. “It has affected a lot of aspects of our homes, our lives, and our health,” Leungo Moeti said at her home.
On Moeti’s property, virtually everything is coated in a layer of dust. She said much of it comes from vehicles especially kombis that drive past at incredible speed, leaving in their trail billows of dust that blow throughout the neighbourhood. “It’s almost pointless trying to keep anything clean,” she said. Goabaone Munyamane lives down the road from Moeti and she said they have to clean dust daily and never even dream of opening windows. Both homeowners are worried about the potential health effects of breathing in the fine dust.
“It’s irritating to your eyes, your throat you see it on your counter tops, in your food. It’s on everything, it’s everywhere,” Munyamane said. Another resident, Tshepo Monageng, 32, who has been living in the area since the early ‘90s said they survive by drinking fresh milk daily in order to dilute the dust from their respiratory system. He said they sometimes go to the extent of asking for face and nose masks from the clinic in order to cover their faces and get through the day. He said the situation is at times worsened by ignorant drivers.
“They are always in a hurry, you hardly see a driver who is considerate around here, this huge cloud of dust has now become normal and a part of us,” he said. Street vendor Monyana Mmutle (34) lamented that she is failing to expand her business because of the situation at hand. “I wanted to expand and sell vegetables but nobody will buy them if they will always be covered in dust,” she said.
The situation is even more disheartening because her home is not very far from the road, her home furniture is always dusty and every-time she does laundry, she is forced to remove it from the line immediately after drying. She fears for her two-year old little boy, who at times does not respond well to the environment and coughs badly. “We fear for our children who are at the risk of falling ill due to the excessive dust.”
‘And that fear is not off the mark. “Prolonged exposure to dusty air may lead to lung cancer or interstitial lung disease (ILD),” General Practitioner at Lordland Medical Centre, Dr David Munsanje tells The Midweek Sun. ILD reduces the amount of oxygen in the body and can cause death, he says. “Both the toxic air and dust pollution can cause diseases like asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nasal allergy and rhinitis,” he says, adding two more diseases, silicosis and asbestosis, are also on the increase lately. Dr Munsanje said the dust clouds people see were not the real problem in terms of health. “It is the very small invisible dust particles that get deep inside the lungs.”
Efforts to verify increased cases of Tuberculosis (TB) at the nearby Nkoyaphiri clinic hit a snag as this publication was all week sent from pillar to post. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the clinic is inundated with people suffering from TB. It is feared that the dusty road may be causing this. Member of Parliament for Mogoditshane Sedirwa Kgoroba said he has long advised government that the road needs immediate attention but his pleas have hit a snag.“I even thought of organising a protest march but many felt that it would appear political, I long spoke to minister Slumber Tsogwane to come and address Mogoditshane residents but he has not responded yet,” he said.Nevertherless Kgoroba noted that the council has promised that by late this year, construction of a proper tarred road will begin in the area.
VACANCY: President of the UDC
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.
VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act
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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