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Sadique Kebonang exiting politics



Member of Parliament for Lobatse, Sadique Kebonang was left with egg on the face when he was excluded from the new Cabinet. His detractors are now writing his political obituary, and sources close to the happenings in Lobatse say he has already indicated that he would not be contesting elections in 2019. It doesn’t rain but pours for the former Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, who has been implicated in the P250million money laundering of the National Petroleum Fund, a matter he has distanced himself from at his Public Accounts Committee appearance this past Tuesday.

Other inside government and BDP sources claimed that Masisi was never a fan of Kebonang, who is believed to have been ‘Khama’s person.’ While some critics are adamant that there is a plush post coming his way, others insist that leaving out Kebonang, Prince Maele and Guma Moyo was Masisi’s way of proving his commitment to fighting corruption. All three men have been implicated in money-related scandals. Guma and Kebonang recently faced off in a social media spat and Guma fell short of calling Kebonang a thief, while the Lobatse MP referred to Guma as a “professional accountant” with dubious credentials. Several candidates have already expressed interest in the Lobatse parliamentary seat and names are already being thrown around including that of a Gaborone tender boy raised in Lobatse named Kamal Jacobs, who has, according to sources, already started buying votes by dolling out money and “hampers” to residents. Former CEDA CEO Thapelo Matsheka who hails from Peleng, and former communications and public affairs manager at NFBIRA, Tapologo Kwapa who was raised in Woodhall, are also eyeing the seat. But it’s not all hunky dory fair play. One of the candidates is alleged to even fear for his life. A Lobatse BDP insider revealed: “Trouble is brewing in the party structures and there is a lot of infighting and backstabbing, with claims of death and phones being tapped, being thrown around. “It is common talk that some candidates for councillor and MP positions are being eliminated.

At the funeral of one BDP politician in the township, talk was rife that the deceased had been poisoned,” the source added. The source also indicated that the family always suspected foul play. Furthermore, indications are that some party snoops were sent to the family home to try and confiscate the cellphone and party documents of the deceased but family members refused. “Rumours are rife and there is well-known friction between certain party members and the family.” Efforts to speak to the family of the deceased were met with hostility. A family representative responded: “The deceased was ill. Death is not exclusive to certain people and everyone will meet their end. We won’t discuss street talk because we are Christians of integrity who do not deal with people who do not fear God.” Meanwhile, Matsheka, who is believed to have the backing of top party officials, as well as businessmen and CEOs, who are funding his campaign, is said to be at the forefront of the race. “It is a money game. In politics, everyone has a price,” said a source. Kebonang could not be reached for comment at press time.

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Botswana urged to sign Maputo

Keletso Thobega



Botswana is one of the five countries that have been advised to sign the Maputo Protocol. Botswana, Egypt and Morocco are the only three African countries that have not signed this Protocol. Adopted in 2003 and implemented in 2005, the Maputo Protocol is a ground-breaking protocol on women and girls’ human rights, both within Africa and beyond.

It compensates for the shortcomings in the 1981 African Charter with respect to women and girls rights. It includes 32 articles on women and girls’ rights, and also provides an explicit definition of discrimination against women, which was missing in the African Charter.

The Maputo Protocol defines discrimination as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction or any differential treatment based on sex and whose objectives or effects compromise or destroy the recognition, enjoyment or the exercise by women, regardless of their marital status, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in all spheres of life.”

The State of African Women Report 2018 stipulates that more still needs to be done to implement laws and commitments to the rights of women and girls in African societies. While there has been significant improvements in addressing issues affecting women and girls over the years, the report notes that commitment to girls and women’s right is still lagging behind.

The report highlights that:
“Three in five countries in Africa do not criminalise rape, young women aged 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa are 2.5 times more likely to be infected by HIV in comparison to men in the same age group, more than half of maternal deaths worldwide occur in sub-Saharan Africa and that gender based violence and sexual assault still affects women more”.

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Mama Rampa, the Good

Yvonne Mooka



NOBLE CALLING: Martha Rampa on a mission to rescue the underprivileged

Martha Rampa, project manager at AAP Home Based Care and Family Life Programme quit her nursing job over ten years ago to attend to the needs of orphans, poor and sick.

AAP has 3119 orphans and underprivileged children from South East, Kweneng, Kanye and Kgalagadi districts. The Non-Governmental Organisation aims at supporting, providing food, clothing, shelter, education, nursing care, counselling and supporting destitute, terminally ill patients and orphaned children.

According to Rampa, the thrust of the practice is the link between the patient and the clinical management services. “It is a person-centred approach, which ensures that patients receive the appropriate service in a supportive and effective manner. Destitute and orphaned children have over time become integral part AAP programmes,” she said.

Last Saturday, she organised an appreciation dinner for donors. It was a colourful event where beneficiaries had also come to testify about the way their lives have changed since they were enrolled.

One of the young girls said that she had given up on life as she was from a poor family. The under 15 girl said that through AAP, she managed to continue and is exceling at school. A young man under 20 said that he was moved from a settlement where he could not focus on his studies because of his family background.

AAP put him through a different school that has boarding. “At AAP, we call her mama Rampa. She is our mother and we are so blessed to have her,” he said at the event in Gaborone.

The primary aim of AAP is to rehabilitate and develop children in difficult circumstances such as orphaned children, street children, economically poor and socially oppressed children and work for the eradication of child labour and child exploitation.

Rampa said the vision is to help and give many more children a real and loving home which helps them to live and grow up to be free, healthy and independent individuals; to influence behavioural change of individuals, especially those in the realm of sex and family life and to introduce a change that will bring a transformation, which alleviates the impact of HIV/Aids infection and stops the spread of the virus within the community.

She said there were local companies that had committed themselves to giving the children food after every two weeks. Through her gift of counselling, she also assists with providing emotional and spiritual support including counselling to orphans, destitute, terminally ill and the poor. She also prays for them.

She said that since the project started in 2000, the focus was on the care of HIV/AIDS patients. Volunteers were trained to take care of terminally ill patients in their homes. “Due to lack of funds in supporting the volunteers, for three years only 45 were full time serving in the project with great results.

“A networking relationship was established with Ministry of Health/AIDS department and Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs as well as other NGOs like BOCAIP, Clinics around Gaborone and Church leaders. We effectively communicated our mission to our leaders like Counsellors, Members of Parliament and diKgosi in the areas where we are operating,” she said.

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