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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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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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