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Florence Kgaboesele: An unsung heroine

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In the township of Peleng in Lobatse, where the daily momentum of life is blurred by a deep-seated desire to not only live to see tomorrow, but experience a better life, one would not expect that greatness lies here.

But despite the misconceptions of it being a crime and poverty ridden melting pot of moral bankruptcy, there is also an unequivocal heritage legacy and a strong sense of community. There are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Human beings of integrity, their hearts brimming with love for humanity.

It is also where a brave woman, Florence Kgaboesele (94), who died a fortnight ago, became a heroine of sorts for not only opening her heart, but her home to apartheid era “fugitives”. Kgaboesele was married to John Kgaboesele, who was the Headman of Peleng.

In the 1960s, the Kgaboesele family housed several famous struggle icons like South African’s Oliver Reginald Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Mozambique’s Samora Machel on transit or as they fled their respective countries in fear of attacks from the apartheid regime.

The African National Congress (ANC) has for one, often expressed its indebtedness to the Peleng community, especially the Kgaboesele’ for the instrumental role they played in protecting the struggle stalwarts.

In 2013, the Mozambique government bought the Kgaboesele house to turn it into a commemorative structure and built the family a house elsewhere. The house bought was the fourth house in the Lobatse Township to be built and it also housed the only shop.

Although the role Kgaboesele played in protecting the struggle stalwarts was selfless, it also put her life and that of her family in danger because the apartheid government could have very well sent a parcel bomb to her home, or even torched it.

In fact, in the mid-80s the country was gripped in fear when parcel bombs were distributed in Lobatse and Gaborone, reportedly by the apartheid government, killing several people.

Kgaboesele’s legacy is that of principle, humility and love. Kgaboesele has been known to be a soft-spoken woman – the true embodiment of femininity and strength. Through her conduct throughout, we can better appreciate that a woman does not need to be boastful or uppity for her greatness to shine through – it’s the untold stories that weigh in our hearts, the battles in our souls, the resilience of our spirit, and the compelling need to care for others, forgive and love unconditionally and relentlessly even if a piece of her sanity and livelihood is compromised, that reflect the power of a woman.

Kgaboesele’ untarnished legacy serves as inspiration for many seeking to recondition their minds and spirits to the important ethos of maintaining humility throughout life. Kgaboesele was laid to rest on Saturday (9 January 2016).

May her soul rest in peace.

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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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