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Bishop Monchusi: Anointed for healthy and strong marriages

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For a man who has been married for 38 years, Bishop Edward Monchusi has found the secret to a lasting marriage, and that he says, is love. Marital vows can be kept, and marriage can last forever according to the Bishop Monchusi-the leader of Pentecostal Protestant Church in Kanye.

In his own words, marriage is a covenant, and not a contract. “Marriage is still beautiful, and it can give you a taste of heaven on earth,” he says. The man who without doubt, is called by God to help restore marriages tells The Midweek Sun that the first time he conducted a marriage seminar was in 1991.

He has seen couples at their best and at their worst. He gets called to counsel bachelors and spinsters as they prepare for marriage. He also conducts wedding ceremonies and is always available when married people are going through tough times.

He has conducted hundreds of weddings across the country and those that he has helped say their marriages always last. In one incident a couple called him in the middle of the night during a misunderstanding. “It got tense to a point that the wife wanted to refuse to go back home with her husband. But after talking and praying together, they left in peace,” he says.

His observation is that youth are quick to say they are divorcing as compared to older people who understand perseverance better. “A lot of couples that come to me are those that have already made up their minds that they are divorcing,” he states, explaining that couples also often reveal that intervention of families had failed.

He also says the problem in marriage is that people marry for wrong reasons and quit when their expectations do not become fulfilled. He says marriages fail because couples do not understand sacrificial love. They keep a record of wrongs and do not want to admit their mistakes when they have wronged their spouses. “Love covers a multitude of sins. Love is the foundation of marriage, and it will build it,” says the Bishop.

He is of the view that couples are together because of love and they should make their love for one another the problem-solver when challenges arise.
Bishop Monchusi urges husbands to love their wives in order to have happy homes. He is of the belief that ‘A happy wife makes a happy home.’ He also encourages wives to support their husbands as it will make them work harder in providing for them.

He further advises couples to constantly ask one another whether they are satisfying one another so as to correct themselves. He says watching too much television is not right as it steals family time. He also encourages couples to exchange gifts and to use family planning methods.

Local taxi driver Otsile Mpitsang says Bishop Monchusi conducted his wedding in 2013 following a series of pre-marital counselling. “He knows the deepest secrets to a happy marriage. When you think of quitting, his assuring words will always haunt you to stay right back on track,” he says.

Prophetess Kebelaele Ditsebe says weddings conducted by Bishop Monchusi never fail. “He is anointed for strong marriages,” she says.
Call Bishop Monchusi at (+267) 73611585/72176210. His services are free.

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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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Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.

It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.

According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.

Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.

“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.

Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.

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