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“Report marital rape”- Women’s Shelter

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For seven years, *Gosego Molemi has been in an abusive marriage, which she describes as her worst pain ever. In an interview with The Midweek Sun, Molemi says even though her marriage of 10 years had lost the spark, her husband always forced himself onto her.

It all started one weekend when he told her that he was going on a work trip outside the country and switched off his phones. She says upon returning  home, her husband and father of three children would not want to be drawn into any discussion on why his mobile phones were off.

A part of her told her he was having an affair. And this she says was fuelled by the fact that he always switched his phones on silent mode at home or he would run outside to answer when it rang. “That night, I made a decision not to have sex without a condom,” she says, adding, however that her husband turned the tables on her and told her that he had paid cows to marry her.

“He told me that only prostitutes deserve sex with condoms because they are for every man out there, and that I am his wife. That’s when he forced himself inside of me,” she says. She has since found refuge at the Women’s Shelter in Gaborone.

A lot of times, according to the director of Women’s Shelter, Lorato Moalosi-Sakufiwa, women do not report marital rape. It is only when they come to the Shelter to report their marriage problems that marital rape comes out dominant. Sakufiwa states that it is a serious issue that is often accompanied by other forms of violence.

“When someone abuses you emotionally, physically, or financially, intimacy dies. Unfortunately, other spouses choose to forcefully have sex,” she says. Narrating further experiences from the Shelter, she says there are instances where a husband is cheating, but would refuse to use a condom when the wife insists. There are also cases where the husband is HIV positive but would refuse to use a condom to protect the wife from contacting it.

“The perpetrator is usually the one with too much power in the marriage,” she says calling on women to report marital rape. Pastor Benjamin Moeng of Worship Centre in Gaborone says that even though the Bible counsels spouses to give themselves and their bodies to their better halves, it does not mean it should be done forcefully.

“God honours sex as a beautiful act within marriage, and He would not be glorified where it’s violent or forceful,” he says. In response, Botswana Police Service spokesperson Chris Mbulawa says marital rape is classified as rape and that women should report it.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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