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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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Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.

It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.

According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.

Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.

“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.

Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.

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IN GOOD TIMES: The late Matlhogonolo with Simba in good times

Simba Mooketsi Mampori, 31, of Mbalambi allegedly killed his girlfriend in Bontleng, Gaborone and used her blood to scribble a message on the wall.

The message read, ‘Ke lapisitswe ke maaka’- translated to mean ‘I am tired of lies.’ Matlhogonolo Moshashu’s body was found inside his sister’s rented house in Bontleng.Mampori and Moshashu, 34, had a two year-old child together. Mampori allegedly killed her in March 31 by stabbing her with a screw driver, which was found inside the house. In an interview with The Midweek Sun this week, Otilia Kholiya, one of the tenants in the yard, said that she arrived on that fateful Sunday to find a yellow tape surrounding the yard with the police all over the place.

She said that she was the one who helped with cleaning. “He used her blood and wrote ‘Ke lapile ke maaka.’ I washed all the blood in the house by myself. Although police officers suspect that he used the screw driver they found in the house to kill her, I beg to differ. “That blood was just too much, it must have been something bigger,” she said, adding that they found a new dress that the deceased was going to wear to Mampori’s sister’s baby shower.

Another tenant Nicah Mandefu said that the house belonged to Mampori’s sister and that she rarely slept there and preferred her parents’place in Gaborone. She stated that she saw Mampori with his girlfriend arrive on Saturday around 4pm. “I don’t know him much because the house belongs to his sister. He probably just needed it for the weekend to spend time with his girlfriend who was staying and working outside Gaborone.

“They just greeted me and another tenant as we were sitting in front of our house. They stayed for 30 minutes and left. They would come again around 7pm,” she said. Mandefu said it was the first time she saw the deceased.

Mandefu said that Mampori’s sister arrived on Sunday around 9am, found her house locked and asked about his whereabouts. “She then told me that the lady he was with was actually his girlfriend and mother of his child,” she said. After some time, the sister returned to tell them that she received a report to say Mampori was found in Mmankgodi where he had tried to hang himself on a tree after killing Mashashu.

Upon failing to kill himself, he drove off recklessly at high speed, thus catching the attention of the police who stopped and charged him with reckless driving. “The police then noticed that he was not well as he had bruises from trying to kill himself. He could not even speak to the police but wrote down his mother’s phone number and gave them the keys to the sister’s house.

“They then took him to Thamaga Primary Hospital to be attended for his wounds on the neck, and later the police called his family and finally drove together to Bontleng where they found his girlfriend dead inside the sister’s house,” the neighbour tenant narrated to The Midweek Sun.

Serial killer
According to Botswana Police Service Deputy Public Relations Senior Superintendent Near Bagali, Mampori is also linked to another murder that occurred on 26 March in Gaborone in which a 39-year old woman from Molepolole was found with stab wounds.

At the time of his arrest, Mampori was awaiting trial for two murder cases committed in Mahalapye and Gaborone in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The deceased were his girlfriends. He was arraigned before Extension 2 Magistrate Court last Wednesday. He is incarcerated and expected back in court on April 17.

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