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Man hospitalised after buffalo attack

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A middle aged man, Taa Xhere of Xharakajoo cattle post in the Nata area, is currently fighting for his life at Nyangabgwe hospital following a vicious attack by a buffalo while he was searching for his donkeys.

The attack did not come as a surprise to the villagers as it follows hard on a recent invasion of the villages of Manxotae, Sepako and Maposa by herds of elephants and buffaloes in search of water. The Midweek Sun team which toured the concerned villages found herds of buffaloes and elephants mingling with people.

Some of the animals lay dead in the mud of the village dams while others, almost lifeless, shaded under the trees right inside some homesteads.
Ookeditse Khacha informed this publication that a week ago at about 7 pm, the family noticed that Xhere who had gone to fetch some of his donkeys by the riverside had not returned home.

This sent panic among family members, relatives and friends. “Because we know how dangerous this place is, we have networked to count ourselves every day to make sure that everybody is home and safe. Upon realising that one of us was missing, we decided to call his cell number since he had carried along his mobile phone. Fortunately, Xhere answered our call albeit in a very weak voice informing us that a buffalo had attacked him, broken his left thigh and left him for dead,” explained Khacha.

He said that since it was getting dark, they sought help from a neighbour who has a vehicle so that they could drive to the scene where they found the helpless victim lying against a tree trunk. “We then called wildlife officers who arrived on the scene and rushed him to Nata hospital from where he was transferred to Nyangabgwe referral hospital,” he explained.

A visibly worried sister to the victim Kungobo Khacha said that the police keep updating the family on her brother’s condition as they do not have the means to go to Francistown to see him. “We now live in fear, we cannot go outside our compounds to carry out chores like fetching water and collecting firewood,” she lamented.

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka

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CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone

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LITTLE EISTEIN: Wame Kangumbe

Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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