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What a friendly experience at IDCC!

Last week I shared how I met my wife and our experience of having a child through the wonderful Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) programme that enables couples to prevent HIV. This week I will take you into my routine visits to my doctor at Princess Marina Hospital’s IDCC Clinic. IDCC stands for Infectious Disease Care Clinic.  At the reception area I am always met by the ever-smiling IDCC Clinic staff. We exchange greetings then they bring the file to verify my personal details.

Then I join a queue to check my vital signs, including blood pressure (BP), pulse, temperature, and height and weight. These are checked every visit. One time, a woman in the queue playfully joked about it saying, “every time we come for our appointment, these nurses always check our height. Does HIV make us shorter or taller?” We all erupted in a fit of laughter. Some of us still experience anxiety during these check-ups, so at times I would say, “Today the queue seems to be moving fast,” to ease the tension.

I remember one particular time: My vitals were fine except my BP, which was slightly higher than it should have been. After the check-up I headed for the consultation room, finding a queue of about eleven (11) people waiting to see the doctor. Waiting for my turn to enter the consultation room has always been a bit nerve-wrecking, as I fear that my viral load may not have remained undetectable. I had done my viral load test two weeks back and today the doctor was going to get the results. I have been on ARV treatment since 2006 and I have always maintained an undetectable viral load, which assures me of a healthy life. I still had high hopes that my viral load test result would be fine since I have always taken my treatment every day, same time all the time. After waiting for about an hour in the queue, it was my turn to enter the doctor’s consultation room.

The doctor welcomed me and immediately broke into discussion about the weather. I handed him my file which he carefully placed on his desk. “Today it is hot,” the doctor said as he invited me to sit on the chair facing him. The doctor asked me how I was feeling, as he flipped through the file. “Kennedy, your BP is not looking good, but there are a number of things you can do to address that,” he said. He gave me some diet health tips to bring my BP down, then punched my patient number in the computer and clicked the mouse. “The good news is your viral load is still undetectable. Please continue with the treatment schedule,” he said. This news brought me a sigh of relief. The doctor just told me what I always expect and want to hear each time I visit the IDCC. He then renewed my prescription of Truvada and DTG, and I headed to the IDCC pharmacy to collect my medicine. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Princess Marina Hospital IDCC staff. They truly deserve an award of recognition for excellence in patient care. They are always at my disposal and have helped me over the years.

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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.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

Yvonne Mooka



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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