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27.09.18
MAN IN COURT FOR MOLESTING DAUGHTER Molepolole Magistrate Ms Rosemary Khuto was on September 26 expected to deliver judgement in a case in which a Lentsweletau man age 42 is accused of molesti his daughter aged 12. The suspect is alleged to have on the day in question molested his daughter after he lured her to take him half way to his parents’ place. It is said that on the way the accused started to hold the victim in a manner suggesting sexual advances before the girl escaped and went to report the matter to her grandfather. Lobatse based Southern Division Prosecutor Sub Inspector Gosiame Tshosa called four witnesses among them the accused’s father, sister as well as the investigating officer who testified against the accused. According to the charge sheet, the accused on the night of June 17, 2015 at Lentsweletau in the Kweneng Administrative District, indecently assaulted his 12-year-old daughter. He pleaded guilty to the offence and appeared in person after he briefed the court about his defence attorney’s withdrawal from the case. Meanwhile, Assistant Superintendent Motshwari Mokamogo of Lentsweletau Police Post had on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of two robbery committed separately at Thejane and Sehikantsweng lands. The two, John Kegalale and James Ramagonono aged 26 and 29 respectively of Ntlolengwae ward in Molepolole were charged with two counts of robbery contrary to Section 291 as read with section 292 sub-section two of the penal code. On the first count, the two on the night of September 20 at or near Thejane lands near Mahetlwe in the Kweneng District Administrative jointly allegedly robbed Richard Rima P920 worth of valuables including P310 cash after they brutally assaulted him with an axe. In the second count, the duo, who were working as herdboys at Mpuwe lands around the same area, allegedly attacked 82-year-old Ponoesele Gabosianelwe of Sehikantsweng lands robbing her of valuables amounting to P1 420 including P1 050 being the proceeds from a tuck shop after they brutally assaulted her. The old woman, according to the prosecutor, had been released from hospital and was recuperating. The prosecutor, ASP Mokamogo insisted on the accused’s remand, arguing that one of the victims was fighting for his life at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone where he was receiving medical attention for multiple head injuries allegedly inflicted on him by the two accused persons. He told the court that some of the stolen items were found in the accused’s possession, and that they be given extra time to pursue investigations. The accused will appear again for mention on October 9. BOPA
27.09.18
GOYA APPRECIATES SPHALABANYANA BUSINESS EXPO Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Mr Moiseraele Goya has commended organisers of Sphalabanyana Mega Business Expo for creating a marketing and promotion platform for Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) in Palapye.
26.09.18
RESPONSE TO ELEPHANTS WITHOUT BORDERS STATEMENT FOLLOWING A GUIDED TOUR OF JOURNALISTS TO THE ALLEGED ELEPHANT MASS KILLINGS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF BOTSWANA The Office of the President wishes to inform members of the Public that following misleading media reports regarding the alleged poaching of 87 elephants next to a wildlife sanctuary in Northern Botswana, the Government of Botswana made an arrangement for a guided tour of the operational areas by the media. To this end, a total of 26 Journalists from the international and local media houses were flown into the operational area between September 19 and 20, 2018. Prior to the tour, they were briefed accordingly on the objectives of the tour, general anti-poaching operations in Northern Botswana and safety. The Government of Botswana would like to express its gratitude to the media for the positive and objective reports following the visit as they ably captured the truth, helping the nation to get a full understanding of the whole matter. The local media houses demonstrated a high degree of objectivity in their reports in the wake of misleading stories which undermined the Government’s commitment to preserving natural resources of this country. However, the Government of Botswana has noted with concern a statement issued by Elephant Without Borders (EWB) following the media tour. In the statement, released on 20 th September 2018 the organization states that Dr Chase who has been contracted by the Government to conduct the aerial survey of wildlife in the Northern Part of the country, was not invited to the media tour. The Office of the President wishes to clarify that prior to the tour, the Government made efforts to invite him without success.
26.09.18
DIARRHOEA KILLS ONE IN NGAMI OUTBREAK One person is reported to have died in the Ngamiland District diarrhoea outbreak with 200 cases recorded so far. Council chairperson Mr Duncan Enga said diarhoea broke out in the district the week of September 10. Updating councillors on health issues, Mr Enga said it had been established that most cases were from Maun and affected mostly children below the age of three. He also said there was a Scabies outbreak in the Kareng catchment area affecting pupils accommodated in the Kareng Rural Area Dwellers hostel. The meeting learnt that the outbreak was preceded by a similar one experienced at Somelo. Mr Enga said the district had since activated its rapid response team for both issues and that the District Health Management Team (DHMT) would continually monitor the situation. DHMT, he said, had appealed to the public to ensure a clean safe environment and optimal hygiene practices especially when handling food as a preventative measure. The chairperson also informed councillors about new initiatives aimed at tackling malaria in the district. The district is one of the six malaria endemic areas and fully engaged in the elimination activities. During the 2017/18 transmission season, the district recorded a total of 60 cases with the last registered in April 2018. The new initiative, Community Acting Together to Eliminate Malaria (CATTEM), puts emphasis on local leadership in implementation of public health intervention at community level and is currently being piloted at Sehithwa and Khwai villages. Councillors were also informed that the transmission season’s activities had started and the district would continue with indoor residual spraying in all villages. Mr Enga said Maun and Phuduhudu had been excluded and extensive education on self-care would be carried out as a counter measure. On the issue of drug shortage at facilities, he said the Ministry of Health and Wellness continued to acknowledge the crisis explaining that the class of drugs which were continually out of stock included those classified as supplements. The ministry, he said was in the process of aligning its processes to address both the supply chain and information availability for forecasting. Further, Mr Enga said a project was being piloted to partner with private sector in dispensing medication for chronic illnesses. It is being piloted at Princess Marina. Lack of critical specialists such as a surgeon was limiting the Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital to deliver optimal care and at the same time putting a strain on the transportation of patients on referral. Councillors expressed appreciation for the allocation of an orthopaedic surgeon to the hospital. Meanwhile, the hospital awaits the arrival of a general surgeon. In addition, the ministry is in the process of recruiting both DHMT and hospital leadership. Mr Enga said the Ministry of Health and Wellness was also in the process of restructuring as part of decentralising services and revitalising primary health care through strengthening of DHMTs. BOPA
26.09.18
LEADERS HONOUR MANDELA President Mokgweetsi Masisi on September 24 joined leaders from across the globe to pay tribute to South Africa’s first black President Nelson Mandela during an event dubbed Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the United Nations General Assembly. President Masisi said the late Mandela’s lifelong mission in pursuit of unity, human dignity, peace and stability for the betterment of humankind remained an inspiration and clarion call for all as the world is grappling with challenges that confront humanity today.
26.09.18
PULA CARD TO IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY The use of the pula card will improve service delivery and give citizens access to payments anytime, anywhere without having to travel long distances or waiting in long queues. This was said by Permanent Secretary to the President Mr Carter Morupisi when officially launching the pula card in Gaborone on September 24. “This government pula card is a visa card that will enable one to cash or transact across all visa automated teller machines and point of sale machines worldwide,” said Mr Morupisi.
26.09.18
PRIVATE SECTOR NOT BUYING LOCALLY - MOLEFHI It is the private sector and not government that is not buying locally produced goods, Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Nonofo Molefhi has said. Speaking at the Poverty Eradication Value Chain breakfast meeting in Gaborone on September 24, Minister Molefhi said the private sector preferred similar products from across the borders.
26.09.18
GOOD GOVERNANCE PREDATES MODERN DEMOCRACY- The uninterrupted peace, democracy and good governance that Botswana is often praised for predates the modern democratic discourse, says Acting President Slumber Tsogwane. Officially opening a one-day Democratic Symposium in Gaborone on September 25, Mr Tsogwane said Botswana was fortunate to have had visionary leadership during its formative years having democracy and national interest at heart.
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