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Elsewhere in this edition, we chronicle reactions to the new cabinet appointed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, where people speculated on why Advocate Sadique Kebonang and Edwin Batshu were left out. Here we look at what ordinary people said about some appointments of other ministers. This is what Batswana told The Midweek Sun.

Nonofo Molefhi Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration minister Those he served at the infrastructure ministry were evidently devastated to lose him. Employees there viewed him as the best thing that ever happened to them and were uncomfortable about his replacement, Unity Dow. This is because they feel she failed at the education ministry and are not convinced she will manage as minister of infrastructure and housing development. Known for his humility across the political divide, there are some Batswana who feel Molefhi should have been the Vice President. After losing Botswana Democratic Party’s chairmanship to Masisi last year, he swore to work with him. He never spoke ill of him and when Masisi retained him in cabinet, many were excited. This after an impression had been created that Masisi would drop him. Molefhi always maintained that he was only exercising his constitutional right with no elusive intents or hard feelings. He said in one of the press conferences that holding different views is democratic but said it must be done with respect and dignity. “It is a pity when leaders are the ones sowing seeds of discord among fellow democrats. Do not forget people on the ground on your way up because you need them to support the ladder for you when you go down,” he said. He continues to receive accolades from people. “I salute him with all my heart. Great man. Thanks to HE for keeping him close. He will advise him well and even greater,” said Daniel Simola, a local pastor. Young people took to Facebook to express their admiration of him.

Dorcas Makgato Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs minister She is known to be a spirit that calls a spade a spade, and not a big spoon. Her admirers in the health sectors feel she was taken away too soon and has unfinished business in her previous role as the Minister of Health and Wellness. “I still wanted her at the Ministry of Health. She had a clear working plan that was now beginning to show results. I think HE removed her prematurely,” said one Cafen Galapi, a health worker. While some feel she would take time to understand her new ministry, there are some who are unfazed, saying she is result-oriented. “She has been around for long and is not easily intimidated. She is an achiever at heart,” said one Lesang Mmereki. Nevertheless, there are some that feel that HE Masisi should have kept Batshu in this ministry as he was doing exceptionally well.

Dr. Alfred Madigele Minister of Health and Wellness He was appointed Assistant Minister of Health in October 2014. He studied for his degree in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ireland where he also worked before coming to serve at Princess Marina. He would later join private practice. He ran Health Synergy – a company that specialises in health consultancy and corporate medicine for over 10 years. He was appointed Director of Motor Vehicle Fund–MVA Botswana in 2009. He has won the hearts of Batswana in his partnership with the media where he had a column and also a slot in one of the local radio stations. In his previous role as minister of Tertiary Education, Research and Technology, Dr. Madigele spoke fondly about the importance of research and innovation in helping to unlock potential in the economy to create jobs. Batswana feel he brings expertise and wide knowledge to the health sector. “He is a visionary who is very passionate about transformative leadership and proper governance,” said one small business owner Mpho Kelosiwang.

Bogolo Kenewendo Investment, Trade and Industry minister She is seen as a first step into women empowerment in the country. Young people are excited about her promotion with some saying her new role is a move in the right direction. “This is the Botswana I have always envisaged, where young people are represented and where women are visible in high offices,” said Neo Maleka on Facebook.

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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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