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Couple tormented by mysterious fire



A Francistown couple Tanyala Motswakae (51) and Boy Motswakae (71) residing in Monarch has vowed never to abandon its yard despite a mysterious fire which has left it destitute.

The mysterious fire is allegedly triggered by any household furniture or clothes that are heaped together. A visit to the yard revealed a heap of burnt clothes; blankets and metal remains of a tent. The family woes started on August 23, 2014 when Tanyala had gone to compete at the annual President’s Music competitions.

When she left for the competitions she had sewn 16 school uniforms to deliver to Monarch primary school the next day. On the fateful day of the first fire, she arrived home at 6pm and after preparing supper for her children, asked for an empty box from her neighbour.

“In less than two minutes upon entering the neighbour’s yard my children were screaming that our house was fire. When I retraced my steps back home, I discovered that the fire had consumed everything within the blink of an eye.” As for the cause, the family suspected it could’ve been one of the children but hade no proof.

Francistown City Council social workers helped the family by providing them with food and clothes. On August 22, 2015 during the President’s Music competitions which she did not attend, the mysterious fires were back once again leaving her destitute for the second time.

During that attack, she had gone to a school where she has volunteered to help children living with disabilities. She heard the siren of a fire fighting vehicle as it sped to the fire but could not link it with her house, but suddenly her sixth sense told her to go home and on the way learnt from her neighbour that her house had caught fire. She fainted only to later regain consciousness at Jubilee Clinic.

Her husband, Boy, a security guard says he lost the new furniture he had just bought to replace the old one during that fire. “I thought of abandoning the yard then but was discouraged by my wife who vowed never to relent,” he says.

Once again, the social workers came to the family’s rescue by providing food and clothes. On the 25th of October 2015, Tanyala went to Gerald estates for a piece work only to find her house once again consumed by fire for the third time, Nothing was salvaged from the inferno. As usual, the social workers came to the family’s rescue with provisions such as food clothing and a shelter in the form of a tent.

Again on the 19th of January 2016 the fire returned with a vengeance consuming the donated tent and everything inside within seconds and a tree next to the tent. Currently, the couple has nothing but two blankets, one pot and two rusty plates which they salvaged from the fire. As for the children, they have temporarily taken refuge with other relatives since they don’t have a place to sleep.

“Our relatives have advised us to sell the property but we have vowed to stay put in the yard since we believe that God will see us through.” The couple is appealing to any man of God to help them.

Tanyala laments that she suspects that this is the work of a petty thief who once threatened the family with witchcraft after he was caught stealing the family’s electronics, but is handicapped by the fact that Botswana’s law does not recognise witchcraft.

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Boko has failed his constituency – Mokgethi



THROWING SALVO: Anna Mokgethi vows to turn around the fortunes of Gaborone Bonnington North

Botswana Democratic Party Parliamentary hopeful for Gaborone Bonnington North Annah Mokgethi says area Member of Parliament failed to utilise the P10million constituency Development Fund to develop the constituency.

Every year government allocates P10 million to each of the 57 constituencies for developments under the ministry of local government and rural development and councils coordinate the projects. Mokgethi told the media in Gaborone on Tuesday that UDC president who is also area MP, Duma Boko was supposed to have pushed for projects to be done in the constituency.“As we speak there is nothing but the constituency has been having an MP and councillors in the past five years. “Crime is high in the area because there are no streetlights in most of our roads. Our people are attacked under the cover of darkness. Our roads are still dusty but you take our neighbouring constituencies they have paved the roads using these funds.

“We are behind because our MP has neglected the constituency ever since he was voted into office. There is nothing that he can show as a development he advocated for under the fund,” she said.
Mokgethi, a lawyer by profession, will be launched this coming Sunday by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Since its inception in 2017 the fund has been marred by controversy as MPs argued that they are not being taken on board in the projects.Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who at the time was local government minister, said it was wrong for council secretaries to snub MPs when councils consult residents on developments to do with the fund.

Mokgethi told the media that representation is about service. She said she is willing to represent the people of Bonnington North. “The people of this constituency are yearning for representation. They need a representative who will have enough time on his/her hands to attend to their needs and interests. Someone who will have an ear inclined to their needs,” she stated.

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Keletso Thobega



BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL: Many did not believe Mhotsha could commit such a heinous crime

Broadhurst Magistrate Court came to a near standstill this past Friday when Lebogang Mhotsha appeared for mention on a conspiracy to robbery case.

Sporting a spiral braided hairstyle, the 30-year-old, who looked exhausted and agitated, turned heads with her pretty face with many in the crowd peering at her and commenting on how unfortunate it was for such a beautiful young woman to be implicated in a crime of such magnitude, where blood had been spilled.

There was a heavy presence of police officers, soldiers, DIS and members from Interpol in the court that was so packed that one had to take gulps of breath to avoid suffocating. All eyes were on Mhotsi, who unflinchingly stared ahead as the brief court proceedings got underway. Details presented before court are that Mhotsha of Mogoditshane is implicated in a conspiracy to robbery following the death of three Batswana men in South Africa on the 26 July 2019.

It is said that the victims were robbed of P350, 000, ten thousand US dollars and a Samsung J72 cell phone. The deceased men were part of a team of seven Batswana headed to Durban to purchase vehicles. They were attacked along the Swartruggens road in the North West area between Mafikeng and Rustenburg by six men who robbed them at gunpoint and made off with the money. The prosecutor in the case asked the court to give them an opportunity to complete their investigations, adding that they also want to engage Interpol to assist them.

Magistrate Tshepo Thedi remanded the accused in jail pending further investigation. Mhotsha will appear in court again on 22 August 2019 together with two other accused. Botswana and South African police jointly launched investigations into the matter to establish the circumstances that led to the incident. So far, preliminary investigations have revealed that the robbery was an act of conspiracy between the suspect, Mhotsha as well as local and South African associates.

The case gets more interesting as more accused come out of hiding. This past weekend a confession was extracted from two other suspects, Poloko Seduke and Kefilwe Ramoitoi both aged 38. The duo subsequently appeared before court on Monday facing the same charge of conspiracy to robbery. Although investigations are still ongoing to piece together the puzzles in this case, it is widely believed that the three accused are part of a bigger crime syndicate operating between Botswana and South Africa that targets Batswana who travel to Durban to buy cars.

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