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Radio and TV’s coolest “It girl” Petula El Kindiy

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Petula Khulman (now El’Kindiy) was born in 1988 in Jwaneng and raised in Selebi Phikwe. She remembers that the town was much smaller at that time. “There was a strong sense of community and we were all close knit,” she remembers. Her fondest childhood memories are of family gatherings whether at the cattle post or family fun days at Moruleng Primary School.

“I have always been surrounded by lots of people, lots of talk and this has strongly influenced my sociable nature.” She admits that all parents want their children to be a doctor or corporate. However, she says her mother supported her love for the arts from the get go. “My parents have been married for over 30 years, and I’m the youngest of four children. We are the Ps. Petra, Petrus, Peirce, and myself. I always strive for what I want, and know I have my family’s support.”

Petula once imagined herself as a lawyer. “I actually applied for Law at the University of Botswana. I wanted work that embraced my love for talking. This however changed in 2006.” In 2002, she performed with a group of her friends on My African Dream, . She showed great energy and vibe, and that was perhaps the start of a love for the entertainment industry.

Petula insists that she makes things happen“I loved perfroming. I wanted to be in front of an audience but back then I wasn’t certain that I wanted to be a radio personality or in entertainment. I heard Robby Rob, Owen Rampha and Jazelle on radio and I became curious, and thought, Hey I wanna do that to,” she recalls.  

Her affinity to entertainment comes way back from perfoming alongside and being a back up dancer for artists such as Scar, Vee and Kast. Getting into the industry wasn’t much of a challenge because she was already within the circles, and knew how things work. “When I decided I wanted to be on radio, I literally went into Owen Rampha’s office and told him about my passion for radio. . I was studying Business Administration at UB but I wasn’t about to give up on my radio dream. After training for almost a year, I was finally slotted in the graveyard shift. I was nervous, made mistakes but that is how you learn as a person.”

“I take the bull by the horn – I don’t wait for people to come to me, I go out there and ask for what I want.” Mcing the Botswana Music Union Awards has been the highlight of her career so far. Interacting with crowds one on one is amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely be doing a lot more of it in the future.”

Her red vintage dress had many ladies green with envy, and some men gasping for breath. However, look is all the admirers could do…
This gorgeous lass has been married to DJ Fauz for a few years. “We are both in the entertainment industry and therefore understand how fickle it can be and how demanding the hours are. We have  anopen communication policy which I believe could help many relationships and marriages. We got married young, so we didn’t feel any pressure and still don’t. We are just two people in love and supporting one another in this life journey. To us, marriage is a commitment to our best friend. We spent five years dating, so moving in together, and eventually getting married wasn’t such a huge adjustment because we are good friends and understood each other.”

Balancing running a household with a radio job, Mcing, being a wife and other domestic duties isn’t easy but she has support of a husband who understands her work and shares her joy and successes. Petula anticipates growth for the entertainment industry in Botswana and wants to be at the forefront of showcasing talent. She says she lives and breathes entertainment; music, radio and television make her world go around

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JUST PROPAGANDA

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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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ARRESTED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING

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IN GOOD TIMES: The late Matlhogonolo with Simba in good times

Simba Mooketsi Mampori, 31, of Mbalambi allegedly killed his girlfriend in Bontleng, Gaborone and used her blood to scribble a message on the wall.

The message read, ‘Ke lapisitswe ke maaka’- translated to mean ‘I am tired of lies.’ Matlhogonolo Moshashu’s body was found inside his sister’s rented house in Bontleng.Mampori and Moshashu, 34, had a two year-old child together. Mampori allegedly killed her in March 31 by stabbing her with a screw driver, which was found inside the house. In an interview with The Midweek Sun this week, Otilia Kholiya, one of the tenants in the yard, said that she arrived on that fateful Sunday to find a yellow tape surrounding the yard with the police all over the place.

She said that she was the one who helped with cleaning. “He used her blood and wrote ‘Ke lapile ke maaka.’ I washed all the blood in the house by myself. Although police officers suspect that he used the screw driver they found in the house to kill her, I beg to differ. “That blood was just too much, it must have been something bigger,” she said, adding that they found a new dress that the deceased was going to wear to Mampori’s sister’s baby shower.

Another tenant Nicah Mandefu said that the house belonged to Mampori’s sister and that she rarely slept there and preferred her parents’place in Gaborone. She stated that she saw Mampori with his girlfriend arrive on Saturday around 4pm. “I don’t know him much because the house belongs to his sister. He probably just needed it for the weekend to spend time with his girlfriend who was staying and working outside Gaborone.

“They just greeted me and another tenant as we were sitting in front of our house. They stayed for 30 minutes and left. They would come again around 7pm,” she said. Mandefu said it was the first time she saw the deceased.

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Mandefu said that Mampori’s sister arrived on Sunday around 9am, found her house locked and asked about his whereabouts. “She then told me that the lady he was with was actually his girlfriend and mother of his child,” she said. After some time, the sister returned to tell them that she received a report to say Mampori was found in Mmankgodi where he had tried to hang himself on a tree after killing Mashashu.

Upon failing to kill himself, he drove off recklessly at high speed, thus catching the attention of the police who stopped and charged him with reckless driving. “The police then noticed that he was not well as he had bruises from trying to kill himself. He could not even speak to the police but wrote down his mother’s phone number and gave them the keys to the sister’s house.

“They then took him to Thamaga Primary Hospital to be attended for his wounds on the neck, and later the police called his family and finally drove together to Bontleng where they found his girlfriend dead inside the sister’s house,” the neighbour tenant narrated to The Midweek Sun.

Serial killer
According to Botswana Police Service Deputy Public Relations Senior Superintendent Near Bagali, Mampori is also linked to another murder that occurred on 26 March in Gaborone in which a 39-year old woman from Molepolole was found with stab wounds.

At the time of his arrest, Mampori was awaiting trial for two murder cases committed in Mahalapye and Gaborone in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The deceased were his girlfriends. He was arraigned before Extension 2 Magistrate Court last Wednesday. He is incarcerated and expected back in court on April 17.

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