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Tight battle for Nata/Gweta

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The battle for Nata/Gweta constituency at Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ahead of the August primary elections will make history in the sense that it will be the first of its kind where seven parliamentary candidates will try their luck to oust the current seating Member of Parliament (MP), who in this case is Polson Majaga.

Among the candidates is the former area Member of Parliament Oliphant Mfa who was toppled by Reiner Makosha in 2004. Mfa is currently a specially-elected councillor for the Central District Council. Other candidates include Ditiro Majadibodu, Lawrence Ookeditse, Mabunga Gadibolaye, Mbanga Mbanga and Makosha who will be making a second attempt to go to Parliament in 2019.

Ookeditse, a former employee at the youth, sports and culture ministry is said to have hit the ground running going on familiarisation tours where he also hosts musical shows to lure the youth to his side. Recently, he staged some shows from Lepashe area to Nata. Known by the moniker Stallion, Ookeditse can only cause an upset if he focuses his attention on the idle youth in the constituency. Compared to the incumbent, Ookeditse has a mammoth task before the primaries since he has not penetrated other areas in the constituency including Manxotae, Sepako and other villages.

And a probe by The Midweek Sun in the constituency clearly reflects that Ookeditse is not as popular as many think, and he will need to up his game against Majaga who appears to be a darling among voters. Meanwhile, it has also emerged that it will be a very tough task to oust Majaga who is a people’s man in the area as he is able to bring himself down on earth by sharing even cartons of Chibuku and other forms of the waters of immorality with voters. Among the cattle herdsmen in the area, he also commands a lot of respect as his name puts a smile on any face.

Another candidate who should not be counted out of the race is Majadibodu who represented Botswana Congress Party (BCP) during the past general elections where he suffered a blow from Majaga. Now that he is at BDP, it remains to be seen whether he will use his popularity in the constituency to lure those who voted for him to his side. In 2014, Majaga defeated him by a margin of 470 votes, which makes him one of the heavy weights in the race. The former Director of Education Galebolayi who resigned from his job last week Monday is a closed book for Nata/Gweta residents and will have to prove his worth when the primary election campaigns start. Mbanga who is a seating councillor will also use those who voted for him and many others in an attempt to replace Majaga.

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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.

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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