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Kenewendo: Masisi’s golden girl

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Her first name, Bogolo, denotes ‘greatness’ in Setswana and she has lived up to it. Tall, slim and pretty, with bewitching beady eyes, Bogolo Kenewendo has made a positive impression on many with her intellect and visionary outlook.

There was a buzz recently when the 31-year-old was appointed Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, the youngest minister in Botswana’s recent history. Only Daniel Kwelagobe beats her to the title of Botswana’s youngest minister of all times, having become minister himself at the age of 26 shortly after completing his studies at Gaborone Secondary School (GSS).

Bogolo has also been hailed as Cabinet’s best catch.

Not a bad feat for a lass who a few years ago was an ordinary student at GSS and later UB. Inside sources say that Kenewendo is President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s “golden girl.” A source says she was “head-hunted and earmarked” for her current position. But with an MSc in Economics as well as work experience that spans consulting locally and in Ghana, she also has the insight of what makes the continent tick in relation to global development.

Hitting the ground running…

There are no airs and graces about her – she is grounded, yet she also means business. In an interview with The Midweek Sun, Kenewendo notes that she has already outlined a mandate with her team. “We intend to create a conducive environment for doing business that will stimulate local investment and foreign direct investment; to facilitate the development of industry (domestic trade), so that we are able to trade and export, primarily.” She says that the priority is to facilitate doing business no matter the size of the business. “SMMEs are the engine of any economy. A vibrant private sector will create jobs, which is our national goal.”

Investment in youth vital

Kenewendo believes that it is vital to understand and invest in young people. “Young people need a conducive environment to explore their potential. We have a lot of amazing and hard working young people and we can only know what they are capable of if we give them space and support,” she says.

It is time for Africa

She envisions an Africa that is united, prosperous and economically-liberated. “This is the Africa that was envisioned by great leaders such as Masire, Mandela and Nkrumah, among others… an Africa that embraces its roots, encourages innovation and supports its youth.”

Every girl needs love…

Kenewendo has revealed she is single – which could probably be music to the ears of her legions of fans, mostly men who have a crush on her. With eligible bachelors falling over themselves to woo her, it remains to be seen who will be the lucky gent to sweep her off her feet.

Work hard and play harder

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. The Minister says that she spends her free time with friends and family. “The family I live with plays golf together and we also sing and dance a lot!” She admits that she can’t say no to travelling to new places. And oh, she is also a foodie. “I never bow down in an eating or tasting challenge!” she adds.

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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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