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Lovers’ tragic end tears families apart

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BY YVONNE MOOKA Residents of Molepolole are still reeling in shock following the murder, incident that happened in broad daylight last week. It is one that has left families bitter with each other as the woman, Mogomotsi Sadie Gofetolwang’s family denies knowing her killer, let alone, ever dating Ofentse Mosuagae, 27. On Monday April 16th, Ofentse slit Mogomotsi, 20, with a knife in a bushy area a stone’s throw away from her mother’s place, at around 3pm at Mokgopeetsana ward. The Midweek Sun learns that the two were lovers, but from the interviews with each of the two families involved, there seems to be a disagreement on their relationship status. According to Mogomotsi’s mother Kelesaletse Gofetolwang, her daughter left home for Gaborone the previous Saturday in the afternoon ostensibly to collect her clothes from her cousin.

She had been job-hunting in the city but to no avail. She came back to Molepolole on Monday and informed her family that she was going to apply for a new national Identity Card (Omang). “At around 2pm, her younger sister called her and she told her that she was on her way and that they would go and buy meat together,” says the mother. Then an hour later a neighbour was screaming her name telling her that Mogomotsi is dead. She immediately called her husband and informed him and rushed to the murder scene, where they met. She says that the man was hanging on a tree next to her daughter. “We don’t know him or his family. My daughter had a man and a two year-old daughter, and he comes here all the time,” she said in tears. Mogomotsi’s father Boikhutso Gofetolwang was angry that the family of his daughter’s killer had not set foot at their home even after the incident.

Ofentse’s older sister, Gorata Mosuagae however had a different story. She told The Midweek Sun that Mogomotsi and Ofentse were lovers and that everyone in the village knew about them. She however said that Mogomotsi was never honest with her brother as she hid her relationship with the man with whom she had a baby. What more, according to Gorata, Mogomotsi never told Ofentse that she was a mother. She said her brother found out after Mogomotsi’s mother had come to complain about their relationship at their place, that his beloved girl was a mother. “Her mother came with her here last year complaining that my brother was interfering in Mogomotsi’s relationship with the father of her child, and we were shocked to hear that because not only was he not aware that there was a child in the picture but he also told us she had a miscarriage with his baby a few weeks before,” she said, narrating that Mogomotsi had lied to Ofentse that she was five months pregnant with his child.

Just when Ofentse was over the moon about having a baby, Mogomotsi shocked him one day when she asked for money saying she had a miscarriage and was admitted at Princess Marina Hospital. “And then that same night, he found her at a bar drunk. Upon confronting her, she ran and jumped inside a car and went away,” she said, adding that her brother then decided to go and wait for her at her place, where Mogomotsi’s father chased him away with a belt. Her take is that Mogomotsi loved Ofentse for his money. He was working for a local security company. She said that her late brother had confided in friends and cousins that his girlfriend was materialistic. “Actually, she would break up with him and later send him call-me-backs every month end. Just last week, I heard him asking her to bring back his ATM card,” she said, adding that she had seen messages on her brother’s phone from Mogomotsi stating that she still loved him. “She told him that it was her parents that hate him and that she will always love him,” said the sister. She said that at one point, Ofentse borrowed P2000 from their mother under the pretext that he was going to apply for a driver’s license, only for him to confess later that it was Mogomotsi who needed the money to help her father fix his car. Mogomotsi’s friend confirmed that she was in a relationship with Ofentse. “He was in love with her but she never thought he’d be serious about her. But yes, she had a baby father,” she said, adding however, that Ofentse knew about the father and daughter. She stated that Ofentse was possessive.

The lovers were buried on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Molepolole Police Station Assistant Superintendent Bontse Segale confirmed the incident and said it was a passer-by that reported it. She said that the man was walking from Logonono ward when he saw the couple talking under a tree and upon return found the man and woman dead next to each other. “It looks like they were in a relationship. I’d like to encourage couples to seek help from friends, relatives and social workers when misunderstandings happen,” she said.

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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

Yvonne Mooka

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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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