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A royal love triangle

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Chief dumps wife for a cleaner

A woman in the village of Mathathane in Bobirwa, was left to nurse a broken heart after her husband of 34 years moved out of their matrimonial home to move in with his new lover.

Godiramang Makola (39), a newly hired cleaner at Mathathane Customary Court swept Deputy Chief Samuel Makola (65) off his feet, three months after being employed.

Kgosi Makola then served his wife Godiramang Makola with divorce papers and moved in with his catch and colleague.

In a matter that was committed to the Francistown High Court, following failed attempts by the customary courts and family members to resolve the dispute between Kgosi Makola and his wife, the latter was awarded a sizeable chunk of their estate.

The Voice is in possession of customary court documents detailing how the two fell out.

According to a detailed report trouble started after the wife discovered that her husband was cheating on her with Legadiko.

“I confronted him and reported him to the elders. He admitted that indeed he was having an affair and wrote a sworn statement apologising,” she said.
The Voice is in possession of the sworn statement taken at 10hrs45 on 4th February 2017 in Mathathane.

However, truce was short lived as Makola turned on his wife after she reported his mistress to the customary court.

The Voice learnt that a fuming Makola was not happy that his wife had taken the matter to court, the same institution where he and his mistress are employed.

“My mistake was reporting the matter. A re ke mo tshwenyetsa nyatsi (he said I was harassing his mistress),” stated a distraught Makola.

The jilted wife painted a picture of an abusive man who listened to no one and did not take advise from anyone.

To drive this point home she said prior to serving her with divorce papers, her husband had refused to meet with elders on three occasions.

Although Kgosi Makola stated in his divorce papers that the elders failed to mediate on the matter hence his decision to divorce his wife, his parents in a letter rubbished this claim.

In fact in a letter signed by 10 witnesses parents from both the wife and husband’s side state that they called for the first meeting on 25th May 2019 which Makola did not attend.

Two other meetings were called on June1st and June 8th, but still he did not show up.

“As his parents we know nothing about this divorce. We have attempted to meet with him but he ignored our calls. We can ascertain that his wife (MmaKola) is always home and no one knows where her husband stays,” said a letter signed by Lesiba Legwaila, Boikanyo Lefadola and eight others.

In one of his demands Makola claims that the mistress is heavily pregnant and wants court to order a DNA test.

The Deputy Chief’s former wife also painted his ex-husband as an abusive man who once together with his mistress assaulted her with a whip.

The medical report which The Voice is in possession of states that she had bruises on the shoulder and abrasions on eyes and forehead.

Reached for comment Kgosi Makola did not take kindly to questions about his private life.

“I don’t know anything about an assault case, ask the police,” he said.

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Sangomas’ fatal battle

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Trio implicated in rival’s fiery death

Three traditional doctors in Serowe will have their spiritual powers put to the test as they race against time to escape a possible death penalty for the gruesome murder of a rival medicine man on 19th February.

The trio of Keitumetse Dudu Seakane, 34, Phaphane Jack, 27, and Gladys Dintwa, 52, is accused of burning Mhanje Raplanka alive at his home in Itsokwane Farms, just a few kilometers from Moiyabana.

The three sangomas, who were granted bail by Serowe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 19th March, appeared again for mention this Monday.

Speaking to The Voice, No. 2 District Officer Commanding, Paul Oketsang, confirmed the trio has been charged with the 67-year-old Raplanka’s murder.

However, the top cop would not go into detail as the matter is sensitive and still under investigation.

In an exclusive, emotional interview with this publication, a family spokesperson revealed they received a call at midnight on February 19th from concerned neighbours at the usually quite lands.

“They said people were killing our father and we should rush as quickly as possible to fetch him as he needed medical attention,” narrated the source, who pleaded to remain anonymous as he still has to give evidence in court.

The spokesperson is convinced the mastermind behind the cold-blooded murder was Gladys, the deceased’s niece.

“From what we learnt after the old man’s death, Gladys, who’s a traditional doctor, had once asked her uncle to pass on his shrine to her, a request he flatly rejected.”

According to the source, the holy shrine in the middle of the elderly man’s farm has long been a source of envy for Gladys, who desperately needed it to fortify herself.

Narrating his version of events from the fateful night, the family member claimed the trio drove together in a Honda Fit owned by Jack, parking close to the corrugated mud hut where an unsuspecting Raplanka lay sleeping.

“Gladys remained behind in the car, while Keitumetse and Phaphane proceeded to the house. They took a bath at the gate before entering the yard,” The Voice was told.

Suspects

The two sangomas allegedly doused the house in petrol before setting it on fire.

“From what we heard, the old man somehow managed to break through the door before he was completely consumed by fire. But they knocked him down with a log and poured more petrol on his burning body,” said the source, who remained remarkably calm considering his gory narrative.

Convinced Raplanka was dead, the two men reportedly returned to the car and fled the scene.

“Miraculously, he managed to extinguish the fire and staggered to the next yard, about a kilometre away, where he narrated his ordeal and named his attackers. It was the neighbours who alerted us and the police,” continued the family insider.

According to the source, a police van arrived an hour later to pick the badly burnt old man, who unfortunately died on the way to the hospital, a few kilometers from Moiyabana.

The suspects were arrested around noon the next day.

They are due back in court for mention on 2nd June.

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Botswana confirms four (4) cases of Covid-19

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  1. As noted yesterday Botswana has confirmed 3 cases of Covid-19. We now report a fourth Covid-19 case, this case is of a 79 old lady from Ramotswa who unfortunately demised on the 25th March, 2020 and was buried over the weekend on the 28th March 2020. She had travelled to Motswedi, South Africa on the 14 March 2020 and returned the following day on the 15th March 2020.

She started showing symptoms on the 21 March 2020 and later developed fever. It was noted that she had a significant other, comorbidities. On return from Motswedi she was kept on home quarantine from where she was brought to Bamalete Lutheran Hospital.

She was seen in Accident and Emergency and put under mandatory quarantine where she died on the 25 March 2020, and burial conducted with the necessary precautions of someone suspected to have highly an infectious disease.

Contact tracing is currently underway and so far 14 have been identified, quarantined and tested for Covid-19. Results are awaited.
Regarding the previous 3 cases we would like the Nation to note the following:

  1. The first case is a 47-year-old male, Motswana who came from Basingstoke, travelled to the United Kingdom on the 29th February 2020 and returned on the 21st March 2020. At the time of arrival the patient was asymptomatic.

The patient developed a fever (>38°C), coughing and running shortness of breath, the patient was swabbed on the 28th March 2020. The patient was tested at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) and also referred to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

  1. The second case is a 40-year-old female Motswana who travelled with her husband to Thailand on the 10th March 2020 and returned to Botswana on 20th March 2020 through Dubai, and through OR Tambo and SSKI.

The lady developed sore throat, was coughing and had a headache.

She was swabbed on the 27th March 2020. The patient was tested at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) and also referred to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

  1. The third case is a 42-year-old male Motswana who travelled with his wife to Thailand on the 10th March 2020 and returned to Botswana on 20th March 2020 through Dubai, and through OR Tambo and SSKI.

The male was coughing with a temperature of 37.8°C. He was swabbed on the 27th March 2020. The patient was tested at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) and also referred to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

As we face this challenge I call upon you my Countryman to stand together in unity as we fight this scourge. We together shall prevail. We have done this before and we shall do it again.

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