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A Mosarwa seer who can shame Televangelists

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One would never think that Big Size, a Mosarwa diviner residing in Nata, is capable of shaming most Televangelists that are amassing millions at the expense of poor Christians.

Whilst thousands of Batswana are flocking to South Africa and pay a whooping P7000 to see Prophet Sherperd Bushiri, Big Size receives his own flock of troubled souls and he can prophesy and heal miraculously at no cost at all. Basarwa have always been renowned for being good at foretelling the future without any hassle as well as for their deep knowledge of various herbs and other plants as well as their health benefits. The Midweek Sun’s visit to Nata occasioned a short encounter with this knowledgeable man who only introduced himself as Big Size.

That’s all about his identity he was willing to share. He can neither read nor write. Even his Setswana is difficult to make out as it is more influenced by his mother tongue Sesarwa.

Seated on the banks of Nata river where he had gone to fish for cat fish, the old seer started by identifying this reporter spiritually to the extent of drawing him a plan of where he resides, including the streams and trees next to his place. As if that was not enough, he even revealed, looking at the reporter’s palms, that he was going to meet an old friend in Nata village who would give him the best treat and trip back to Francistown without any hassles and money spent, a prophecy which came to pass on Sunday when the encounter with an old friend happened on transit to Francistown.

Big Size who is a Mosarwa by birth reveals that in their tradition, there are those who are chosen by God to be spiritual ears and eyes of the tribe as well as healers for all those who would need such.

He explains that his ability to see into the future is an inborn art that he inherited from his forefathers who have advised him not to be blinded by money whilst performing the spiritual task. Unlike other Tswana traditional healers who use cowrie shells and bones complimented by beads of various colours, Big Size does not possess such, for he says that the power of their healing is normally in the hands and of course some few natural herbs they are accustomed to.

For having proved that he can foretell the future and the past and one’s general geographical location without any GPRS or hidden cameras, the seer demands a P2 coin. When a P20 note is offered instead, he refuses to accept it saying that he only needs two pula, but advised that the note be given to his companion for his own use. During this short encounter, the seer had showcased some various traditional herbs which he says have been used to save mankind for some time.

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BATTLE FOR MMADIKOLO

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University of Botswana students are bracing themselves for the Student Representative Council (SRC) elections. Contenders are fighting tooth and nail to appease the electorate. Three camps are in contention to fill the 13 council positions.

Umbrella for Democratic Change’s (UDC) Moono-wa-Baithuti has the onerous task of defending all the 13 seats which they hauled at the last elections of 2018. “As Moono wa Baithuti, we have lots of achievements. We are on the verge of getting the student bar open, so we need to go back and fix what we started,” said UDC’s Tumelo Legase who is vying for the position of Vice President.

He said they have advocated for student empowerment policies and are also proposing a third arm of student representation. “We have the SRC and the Judiciary, what we need is the student Parliament so that we have a large number of leaders who can independently attend to problems across the university.” The dark horse in this race is the University of Botswana’s Alliance for Progressive (AP) which will take another leap of faith despite their loss in the previous election.

They are rejuvenated and redefined. Candidate for Vice President Karabo Bokwe said central to their mandate is making the welfare of the student community a priority. “We want to help eradicate school policies that border on oppression, and through new polices call for initiatives that come with enterprenuership benefits to students.”

AP candidate for Information and Publicity, a first year Criminal Justice student Gracious Selelo said they are more united than other parties even at national level. “We don’t have internal squabbles within our party, we are more focused and can deliver our mandate easily,” she noted.

However the ruling party’s BDP GS-26 will come with all guns blazing after an embarrassing defeat in the previous elections. Preparations have been made and the GS-26 is looking to take the elections by storm.

According to their Presidential Candidate Boniface Seane, they come with the message of hope that addresses the current status quo at the University.“The university is not functioning so we drew three policies that embrace inclusiveness. We want to lead collectively with the students, through the student body meetings which the previous SRCs have failed to do. “We will consult with the students with no discrimination.”

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The Health ministry has developed a seven-point programme to guide the country in improving the healthcare system, says Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Rabashemi Madigele.

“The seven priority areas will serve as a roadmap and a guardian angel towards improving the overall healthcare system and increasing access to health care while fighting the burden of disease that confronts us,” said Madigele at Masa Square Hotel on Tuesday.

The focal areas include decentralisation; Universal Health Coverage, Tertiary Care, Strategic leveraging on the Private sector; Supply Chain; Research as well as Staff welfare and accountability.
Point-one of the seven priority areas according to Dr Madigele is about empowering the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and transforming them into fully fledged Regional Health Authorities.

“In this case, they will be rationalised from 27 to 18 and have the authority to hire A and B Scales, promote up to C1 and manage micro procurement,” he said. Point two is about improving the quality of healthcare services. “The main causes of mortality and their risk factors in Botswana are Primary Health Care issues,” Dr Madigele said.

He added that “Our efforts for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage should thus focus on: Prevention; Comprehensive screening; Early treatment; and Surveillance at the community.”
This he said, would require revamped grassroots efforts in which adequate numbers of community health workers through partnerships with the non-governmental sector will be deployed as necessary.

According to Dr Madigele, the top five causes of death in Botswana in 2017 were HIV/AIDS, Ischemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and Diabetes. He said compared to 2007, NCDs among these had increased in burden by an average of 34%. The top five risk factors related to these causes of mortality were unsafe sex; poor diet; high blood pressure; alcohol abuse and tobacco use.

Improving the quality of care, Madigele said will also include the safety and security of patients; attitudes of staff as experienced by patients; time taken in queues either before seeing a health worker or receiving medication and the availability of drugs.

Meanwhile, the health minister revealed that the commissioning of Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is ongoing with the facility scheduled for opening on April 24th. “This will be a phased approach commencing with some services including paediatric oncology, internal medicine, rheumatology and endocrinology, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services and pharmacy”.

A phased commissioning of SKMTH will reduce overdependence on South Africa for referrals, reduce costs and also institutionalise provision of super specialist services within Botswana.

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