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Little Jonas in heart pain

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For a four year old, life has to be fun with too much running around. Unfortunately it is not the case with Jonas Ramojela. He has Acyanotic Complex Cardiac Lesion as well as Ascites, which cause swelling of his stomach.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun from their family home in Old Naledi, his mother Keakabetse Ramojela says that it started last year, August 27, when little Jonas’ right side of the stomach felt like there was a stone inside. And he was grumpy. She took him to Princess Marina Hospital where she was told he has heart problem.

“They told me that that he had only one heart muscle and that the other one wasn’t functioning well. And they told me there is no cure for it, save for being given medication to suppress the pain,” she says. They were admitted for a month. Upon being discharged, the child’s tummy started swelling. They would later return to the hospital where the swelling eventually subsided. Jonas’ discharge summary states that he was diagnosed with Acyanotic Complex Cardiac Lesion and Ascites.

It says that the cause is ascitic tap and that the boy had some persistent linkage and reaction to an antiseptic agent. Another report done by the Paediatric Cardiology states that Jonas has Acyanotic Complex Congenital heart disease.

According to the mother, between January and March, “several x-rays were done but doctors say there is no cure for the condition.” Ramojela told The Midweek Sun that the condition keeps resurfacing with her son’s tummy swelling. Every week she takes the boy to Princess Marina Hospital where the urine (ascitic fluid) gets drained to reduce the swelling of the tummy. “At Princess Marina, they told me it’s the first time they are dealing with my son’s condition,” says the mother of three. She is currently on unpaid leave to look after her son. Clearly in pain, Jonas has lost weight. As he tries to force a smile, his big tummy is clearly causing him irritation and discomfort.

Though it still feels hard to touch, his mother says it has become better. “Doctors tell me they are afraid to operate him because they do not know where to cut,” she says. Nevertheless, all hope is not lost for her son as they are conducting MRI scan this week, with a urologist from a private clinic. According to one local doctor, the child is in extreme right heart failure secondary to absent pulmonary artery and severe narrowing of the right one – with less blood flowing to the lungs, and the valve on the right side of the heart leaking, adding to reduced blood flow to the lungs. He says that Jonas needs a surgery on the valve. “The water is due to the blood not returning to the heart, so it backs up and the water in blood seeps out of the blood vessels and accumulates in the abdomen and legs,” he says, recommending that government should take Jonas to South Africa where a successful surgery can be done.

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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.

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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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