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CHURCH CONFESSIONS SHAKE PILANE

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Drama ensued this past Sunday at Solution House Church by Jesus Christ in Pilane when the leader Prophetess Kebelaele Ditsebe asked people to confess their sins and expose the evil mediums they use such as church strings (meitlamo), traditional muti and to stop visiting traditional doctors.

In a packed white tent, the leader told The Midweek Sun that she saw the words ‘Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!’ and that God is not happy with the rate at which Christians are comfortable in their sins in the church today.

The title of the message was ‘Unusual miracles’ and it was derived from Acts 19:1-19 where believers repented and burnt the evil mediums they had been using. In the same way, congregants at Solution House Church removed church strings, and took out small bottles containing muti, which they said they had received from traditional doctors, or witchdoctors as the prophetess called them.

The mediums were collected and burnt. A group of people, both young and old, held papers showing diseases they are suffering from and asking for prayers. It was similar to what happens on Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua’s Emmanuel TV where people hold white sheets with their problems written on them. Such included high blood pressure, diabetes, blindness, failure to walk and heart problems, among many others.

According to Ditsebe, Christians today have made the church of God a playground where they can just sin during the week and act holy on Sunday. She said that some Christians use traditional doctors, saying they protect themselves, which she says is contrary to God’s word. “Sin hinders you from receiving from God.

Here I teach repentance and deliverance, and I hate sin,” she said, adding that it is an insult to God to live a double-life as a Christian. As she called out those that wanted to repent from using mediums, many came to the front. Over 20 of them admitted to using traditional doctors and said they wanted to stop. A young pregnant lady said she had been dating her boyfriend for seven years now and was using muti on him so that he could marry her. “I visited a traditional doctor and he gave me muti to bathe with it so that he could stick with me to the very end. He also gave me muti to put in his food, which I panicked to do,” she said, revealing that he charged her P50 per visit.

Another woman in her early 30s said she got muti from a traditional doctor to attract a man to marry her, whom she is still waiting for. “He said I should bathe and call out the type of man I wanted. I’ve been using his muti for three months now and I have not met the rich, businessman that I want. I also want prayers to stop prostitution, and lying,” she said, as she removed a string around her waist that she said she got from her previous church for protection.

A woman, light in complexion and in her 40s, said she had been promiscuous from a young age. She revealed that she would date eight boyfriends at the same time. “I used to have mostly one-night stands and I have had close to 10 abortions,” she said. Another woman said her daughter was recently admitted at SBRANA psychiatrist hospital after she got tempted to visit a traditional doctor who tied moitlamo around her waist and gave her muti to bathe with. She also revealed that she needed deliverance as she was dreaming of dead people and big snakes. Another woman said during her previous marriage, she used muti as she could not have a child. A woman with an eye-problem said she visited a traditional doctor after losing her job.

“He took me to a mountain and we spent the night there. He took some soil under one of the big rocks and said I should bathe with it and also gave me muti to mix with my body lotion,” she said. Another woman in her 50s said she visited a traditional doctor with her husband upon discovering that her mother-in-law did not like her. “We did it to protect myself and our poultry business,” she said. There was another woman who said she needed to be delivered from dating married men, revealing that they like her and that she was in love with one.

“You’re cruel. How can you sleep with another woman’s husband? Yours is not a demon but an attitude problem,” Ditsebe said to her. And then there was this young man in his 20s: he said he needed help as he was a thief. He confessed to robbing people of their properties, and had bad influence from his friends. He had marks all over his face which he said were from the street fights. Drama as old man clashes with Prophetess in church An older woman seated next to her husband came complaining about pain on her left leg, waist pain and feeling chocked by something she did not know.

She told Prophetess Ditsebe that her husband is a traditional doctor, an uttering which the prophetess immediately cut, saying that God does not allow traditional doctors. The old man however, was quick to respond that he will never renounce his calling. “Ke a gana. Ga nkitla ke bo tlogela. Le bangwe gone ha ba a nkitse. Ke thusa bana le mongwe le mongwe ebile ke na le dipampiri. Ga ke moloi. Le Modimo o a itse ka bongaka jwame,”- literally translated: ‘I refuse to renounce being a traditional doctor. Some people in this church know me.

I help children and just everyone, and I’m a registered traditional doctor, not a witch. God knows about me.’ This infuriated the prophetess, who said she had washed her hands off the man. “He doesn’t want to be helped, but God loves him and he wants him to repent,” she cited Deuteronomy 18:9-14 for reference. The old couple then left while the church was still on.

Meanwhile, there were testimonies from people saying they had been healed after being prayed for and delivered. A lady who said she had not had her menstrual period for three years went to the toilet and came back, saying it had come. Prophetess Ditsebe became popular last year after saying that God was using her to heal cancer and HIV/AIDS.

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Botswana urged to sign Maputo

Keletso Thobega

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Botswana is one of the five countries that have been advised to sign the Maputo Protocol. Botswana, Egypt and Morocco are the only three African countries that have not signed this Protocol. Adopted in 2003 and implemented in 2005, the Maputo Protocol is a ground-breaking protocol on women and girls’ human rights, both within Africa and beyond.

It compensates for the shortcomings in the 1981 African Charter with respect to women and girls rights. It includes 32 articles on women and girls’ rights, and also provides an explicit definition of discrimination against women, which was missing in the African Charter.

The Maputo Protocol defines discrimination as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction or any differential treatment based on sex and whose objectives or effects compromise or destroy the recognition, enjoyment or the exercise by women, regardless of their marital status, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in all spheres of life.”

The State of African Women Report 2018 stipulates that more still needs to be done to implement laws and commitments to the rights of women and girls in African societies. While there has been significant improvements in addressing issues affecting women and girls over the years, the report notes that commitment to girls and women’s right is still lagging behind.

The report highlights that:
“Three in five countries in Africa do not criminalise rape, young women aged 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa are 2.5 times more likely to be infected by HIV in comparison to men in the same age group, more than half of maternal deaths worldwide occur in sub-Saharan Africa and that gender based violence and sexual assault still affects women more”.

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Mama Rampa, the Good

Yvonne Mooka

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NOBLE CALLING: Martha Rampa on a mission to rescue the underprivileged

Martha Rampa, project manager at AAP Home Based Care and Family Life Programme quit her nursing job over ten years ago to attend to the needs of orphans, poor and sick.

AAP has 3119 orphans and underprivileged children from South East, Kweneng, Kanye and Kgalagadi districts. The Non-Governmental Organisation aims at supporting, providing food, clothing, shelter, education, nursing care, counselling and supporting destitute, terminally ill patients and orphaned children.

According to Rampa, the thrust of the practice is the link between the patient and the clinical management services. “It is a person-centred approach, which ensures that patients receive the appropriate service in a supportive and effective manner. Destitute and orphaned children have over time become integral part AAP programmes,” she said.

Last Saturday, she organised an appreciation dinner for donors. It was a colourful event where beneficiaries had also come to testify about the way their lives have changed since they were enrolled.

One of the young girls said that she had given up on life as she was from a poor family. The under 15 girl said that through AAP, she managed to continue and is exceling at school. A young man under 20 said that he was moved from a settlement where he could not focus on his studies because of his family background.

AAP put him through a different school that has boarding. “At AAP, we call her mama Rampa. She is our mother and we are so blessed to have her,” he said at the event in Gaborone.

The primary aim of AAP is to rehabilitate and develop children in difficult circumstances such as orphaned children, street children, economically poor and socially oppressed children and work for the eradication of child labour and child exploitation.

Rampa said the vision is to help and give many more children a real and loving home which helps them to live and grow up to be free, healthy and independent individuals; to influence behavioural change of individuals, especially those in the realm of sex and family life and to introduce a change that will bring a transformation, which alleviates the impact of HIV/Aids infection and stops the spread of the virus within the community.

She said there were local companies that had committed themselves to giving the children food after every two weeks. Through her gift of counselling, she also assists with providing emotional and spiritual support including counselling to orphans, destitute, terminally ill and the poor. She also prays for them.

She said that since the project started in 2000, the focus was on the care of HIV/AIDS patients. Volunteers were trained to take care of terminally ill patients in their homes. “Due to lack of funds in supporting the volunteers, for three years only 45 were full time serving in the project with great results.

“A networking relationship was established with Ministry of Health/AIDS department and Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs as well as other NGOs like BOCAIP, Clinics around Gaborone and Church leaders. We effectively communicated our mission to our leaders like Counsellors, Members of Parliament and diKgosi in the areas where we are operating,” she said.

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