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“We shouldn’t justify rape”- Kgosi Seboko, Sakufiwa

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Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete has come to the defence of abused women by challenging liberated men to start empowering other men on life issues.

Kgosi Seboko says that men who have a good understanding of their role as protectors of women and children should teach others how to go about it. “Men shouldn’t rape us. It doesn’t matter where a woman is, she should never get raped. Go betelela ke bophologolo and men should man up and protect women and girls,” she says.

She laments that women get raped anywhere, whether it is at bars, or in the comfort of their homes. “We have cases where women were raped by their neighbours, girls raped by their stepfathers and women raped wearing long dresses. So it’s not about how you look and where you are,” she says. But the Kgosi and her ilk speak off tangent with Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who reckons that women bear some of the responsibility in preventing sexual harassment and abuse. 

Johnson says that women should understand that ‘rights come with responsibilities.’ Of course she angered feminists when she told NBC 5 news station late last year that she was disappointed and angered by the allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct against Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein. The Democratic Congresswoman who represents Texas’ 30th district says that a woman’s behaviour, including the way she dresses, can invite sexual harassment and assault.  “I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as it was a man’s ― how you were dressed, what your behaviour was,” Johnson said.

“I’m from the old school that you can have behaviours that appear to be inviting. It can be interpreted as such. That’s the responsibility, I think, of the female. I think that males have a responsibility to be professional themselves,” she said.  Johnson believes that sexual harassment and assault happen because women allow it.  “I think we also need to start talking about the power that women have to control the situation.

There’s law enforcement, you can refuse to cooperate with that kind of behaviour,” she said. “I think that many times, men get away with this because they are allowed to get away.” But Kagisano Women’s Shelter director Lorato Moalosi-Sakufiwa, like Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, says that the issue is rape and not what women wear or where they go. “Going to drink is not a crime, neither is wearing mini-dress. The perpetrator should stop,” she states, citing the recent Tlokweng cases to show that women get raped even at their homes.

Recently, a woman aged below 25 was raped by four men behind a bar in Molepolole. At the scene, there were witnesses that blamed her for being over-drunk. “Even when we called the police, they found her drunk. She didn’t even know that she had been gang-raped,” a witness said. Botswana Police Service public relations officer, Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube says statistics from crime overview for the festive season show that 110 rape cases were recorded from December 18, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

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Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.

It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.

According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.

Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.

“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.

Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.

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ARRESTED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING

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IN GOOD TIMES: The late Matlhogonolo with Simba in good times

Simba Mooketsi Mampori, 31, of Mbalambi allegedly killed his girlfriend in Bontleng, Gaborone and used her blood to scribble a message on the wall.

The message read, ‘Ke lapisitswe ke maaka’- translated to mean ‘I am tired of lies.’ Matlhogonolo Moshashu’s body was found inside his sister’s rented house in Bontleng.Mampori and Moshashu, 34, had a two year-old child together. Mampori allegedly killed her in March 31 by stabbing her with a screw driver, which was found inside the house. In an interview with The Midweek Sun this week, Otilia Kholiya, one of the tenants in the yard, said that she arrived on that fateful Sunday to find a yellow tape surrounding the yard with the police all over the place.

She said that she was the one who helped with cleaning. “He used her blood and wrote ‘Ke lapile ke maaka.’ I washed all the blood in the house by myself. Although police officers suspect that he used the screw driver they found in the house to kill her, I beg to differ. “That blood was just too much, it must have been something bigger,” she said, adding that they found a new dress that the deceased was going to wear to Mampori’s sister’s baby shower.

Another tenant Nicah Mandefu said that the house belonged to Mampori’s sister and that she rarely slept there and preferred her parents’place in Gaborone. She stated that she saw Mampori with his girlfriend arrive on Saturday around 4pm. “I don’t know him much because the house belongs to his sister. He probably just needed it for the weekend to spend time with his girlfriend who was staying and working outside Gaborone.

“They just greeted me and another tenant as we were sitting in front of our house. They stayed for 30 minutes and left. They would come again around 7pm,” she said. Mandefu said it was the first time she saw the deceased.

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Mandefu said that Mampori’s sister arrived on Sunday around 9am, found her house locked and asked about his whereabouts. “She then told me that the lady he was with was actually his girlfriend and mother of his child,” she said. After some time, the sister returned to tell them that she received a report to say Mampori was found in Mmankgodi where he had tried to hang himself on a tree after killing Mashashu.

Upon failing to kill himself, he drove off recklessly at high speed, thus catching the attention of the police who stopped and charged him with reckless driving. “The police then noticed that he was not well as he had bruises from trying to kill himself. He could not even speak to the police but wrote down his mother’s phone number and gave them the keys to the sister’s house.

“They then took him to Thamaga Primary Hospital to be attended for his wounds on the neck, and later the police called his family and finally drove together to Bontleng where they found his girlfriend dead inside the sister’s house,” the neighbour tenant narrated to The Midweek Sun.

Serial killer
According to Botswana Police Service Deputy Public Relations Senior Superintendent Near Bagali, Mampori is also linked to another murder that occurred on 26 March in Gaborone in which a 39-year old woman from Molepolole was found with stab wounds.

At the time of his arrest, Mampori was awaiting trial for two murder cases committed in Mahalapye and Gaborone in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The deceased were his girlfriends. He was arraigned before Extension 2 Magistrate Court last Wednesday. He is incarcerated and expected back in court on April 17.

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