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BDF sex predators on the loose

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Senior female soldiers target junior officers and civilians

Botswana Defence Force is allegedly battling with sexual abuse of female junior officers by senior female officers and this has spilled over to unsuspecting civilians.

Although such incidents among soldiers hardly get reported, civilians do report the matters to police.

The latest is an incident in which a 30- year- old female soldier at Glen Valley was on Saturday morning arrested after allegedly raping a 29- year old nurse.

On Thursday morning, Lorraine Polao’s charges of assault were to be changed to rape after investigations by Broadhurst Police proved that it crime was indeed rape and not just assault.

Information gathered by this publication is that on Saturday while at her barracks with a female nurse who works at Princess Marina Hospital, Polao overpowered the complainant who was visiting her and fondled her.

“The two are friends and the nurse had visited her without suspecting that she was being targeted. She later took a bath as they were preparing to go out for drinks but Polao pounced on her,” said the source.

She allegedly tore her clothes including underwear before sexualling molesting her, causing injuries to the nurse’s private parts in the process.

After satisfying herself the soldier apparantly ordered the nurse to go but was embarrassed since her clothes were torn into pieces.

Instead she raised an alarm and Polao was arrested and detained facing a single count of assault.

On Wednesday afternoon, police summoned Polao again and advised that her charge was going to be changed from assault to rape.
Director, Protocol and Public Affairs, Colonel, Tebo Kacho Dikole confirmed that they were aware of a case whereby one of its members stationed at Glen Valley Barracks is alleged to have assaulted a non BDF member.

“The matter is before the Broadhurst Police station and pre-empting its outcome would be improper.BDF does not condone any breach of established standards of conduct be it by Senior Officers or any member of the Defence Force as espoused under Sections 135 (Fraternisation) and 136 (Sexual Harassment) of the Botswana Defence Force Act, 2018. The BDF takes issues of Sexual Harassment and fraternization very seriously and from time to time we work with sister militaries and other organizations to conduct workshops on the same.”

He added that the BDF Social and Welfare Office has scheduled engagements with BDF personnel aimed at providing education on matters relating to Fraternization and Sexual Harassment.

“In addition, Commanders at all levels constantly sensitize members of the BDF on Sexual Harassment and Fraternization issues.”

Meanwhile, Broadhurst Police Station Commander, Superintendent Kebapetse Lotshwao, confirmed having a rape case involving a nurse and a soldier.

“I cannot disclose much information except to confirm that we have such a case.”

He also confirmed that it was not the first case of its nature to have occurred at Glen Valley and reported at his station citing another one that happened last year.

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Block 8 nurse challenges Covid-19 test results

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A nurse who allegedly tested positive of Covid-19 during the emergency parliament session has given the Ministry of Health and Wellness up to next week Tuesday to respond to his legal demands as he believes that the test results were fake.

The victim, Morobi Dinao, a nurse at Block 8 Gaborone has made demands that the ministry give him signed results by the person who carried out the laboratory tests.

Dinao was diagnosed at a special parliament sitting in April, his supposed positive results leading to all MPs and those who attended the session to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

According to legal documents from Ndadi law firm, the 37-year-old nurse was admitted at Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital on the 9th of April after he was told he tested positive.

On the 13th he demanded to see his results but was sent from pillar to post and the hospital could not give him the results.

He kept on demanding his results and on the 19th of April he was shown the results through his glass door from outside by one Dr Feledi.

Dinao allegedly asked for a copy of the results but the Doctor said he would revert to him after consulting with his superiors.

He was given his results when he was discharged on the 24th of April.

There was no explanation of the results and the document was also not signed hence the suspicion that they were not authentic.

Some of the things that made him suspicious, he says, are that the specimen submission form that carries his results is markedly from the one he completed on the day of tests.

He says the form does not have the laboratory personnel signature portion yet the one he duly completed had it.

The demands are that MOH should give an account of the delay of initial results.

Dinao’s lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi, told The Voice Online that they are awaiting response to their client’s demands before they can take the next step.

“I do not understand how a doctor can seek for his superior’s permission to give a patient his own results. How do you get admitted without seeing your results and told we are following the instructions to admit you? A lot is questionable in the whole scenario,” said Ndadi.

Ndadi further said he’ll await his client’s instruction before considering any court action.

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No water supply in Maun this weekend

*Main water pipe raptured at Nxaraga

*70% water supply shut down for maintenance work

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Most parts of Maun and surrounding areas are expected to experience a dry spell this weekend as the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) cuts water supply for the next two days.

The department’s head of business, Thabo Ndadi, explained that seventy percent supply of water in and around Maun will be shut down to allow for maintenance of main water pipe to the area.

“This week we discovered that our main water pipe that brings in water from Kunyere boreholes has raptured and thus unable to adequately supply water,” explained Ndadi.

Ndadi further confirmed that they started noticing the leak last month but avoided tempering with it as it was during the lockdown and when the country had just reported first cases of the killer Covid-19 disease.

“Our hope and prayer was that the leak would not become so bad before the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, but the water pressure has gone down and therefore we have to fix the problem and we cannot do it without temporarily cutting the flow,” added Ndadi.

Seventy percent of water supply in Maun is from boreholes along Kunyere river in Nxaraga area, while the other two boreholes in Shashe and Sexaxa make up the remaining thirty percent.

“This effectively means Maun will be running with a seventy percent water shortage and we are pleading with members of the community to use water with extra care,” Ndadi added.

In fact some areas will go dry for over 24 hours and WUC has advised people to store water for weekend use today because from tomorrow, taps will be completely dry. “Many other homes will get water way beyond the 24 hours, because after maintenance the water has to make a long journey to reach the taps, for some it will take 48 hours or so. In fact the whole recovery process takes seven days so, it may be practically impossible to complete the recovery within 24 hours.”

Meanwhile Thamalakane river has started to fill up, but the WUC water treatment plant in Borolong is yet to start pumping water from the river as they have to wait for at least a month for the water “to be of better quality to be processed for consumption. Right now the water volume is still low for such an exercise but the plant is ready to start operations. Already we have begun testing the water for quality and it not yet where we want it to be,” Ndadi said.

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