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Boy, 16, nabbed for car theft



A teenager accused of stealing a car at Sese village near Jwaneng, has been arrested after the car was found at his parents’ house in Moshupa with a note pleading for forgiveness.

The 16-year-old boy is said to have stolen the car last Wednesday night while the owner, Mphoentle Nkhwa, was asleep.

The said Golf car was found packed and locked on Friday evening at the boy’s home in Dibotong ward while he was nowhere to be found.

The car keys were later found inside the house in a jacket he had been wearing.

The suspect who is described as a humbled and remorseful young man, allegedly took the car with the intention to visit his cousins who are serving time at Moshupa Prison.

Written in capital letters on a cut-lined paper the note reads, “Am sorry for taking your car without your permission. I had an emergency please please forgive me may God bless you, if you will forgive me.’’

Narrating details of the story to this publication, 26-year-old Nkhwa said the boy claimed while passing by her yard, he realised the house window was not properly closed and got tempted to turn to the yard.

“I am surprised because know I had closed all the windows but the boy claimed he got attracted by my jacket after he peeped through the window. He said he took a stick after opening the window and pulled the jacket which had the keys from the basket and took the keys to open the car,” said Nkwa before she explained that the boy said he spent about two hours thinking what he could do.

Though the car was later found and the case opened at the police station, Nkhwa was concerned that the car bonnet was damaged and was not closing properly as it had been driven on rough terrain. “Now I don’t know whether to fix the car or wait for the case because I don’t event know when the trial will commence,” she said.

Jwaneng Police Station Commander, Superintendent Thuso Basuti, confirmed the incident and said investigations were ongoing, noting that the boy is a minor and that they will engage social workers to assist.

He said the suspect might be charged with unlawful use and that if found guilty he may be liable to a prison term not exceeding 6 months or fined P100.00 or both.

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UK-Botswana Covid-19 Response Committee assists disadvantaged families in Botswana



The UK-Botswana Covid-19 Response Committee in collaboration with Botswana Community in the UK have taken heed to the President of Botswana’s appeal for assistance with the Covid-19 pandemic, and will donate food parcels in Botswana on June 5, 2020.

The Committee and partnering charity are made up of Batswana living in the United Kingdom and have joined hands to raise funds to buy food parcels for people living with disabilities in Bokaa and Dikgonnye villages.

The project is endorsed by the Botswana High Commissioner in the UK, H. E Rev Dr. John Seakgosing.

The handover ceremonies will be attended by the Village Leadership which includes the Kgosi, Councillor, Social Worker and VDC Chair amongst others.

The events are scheduled for 0900 hours on June 5, 2020 at the Bokaa Kgotla, and 1400 hours at Dikgonnye Kgotla on the same day.

Food parcels for at least 66 families that will be delivered to the two Kgatleng villages include; 12.5 kg maize meal, 10 kg rice, 5 kg sugar, 2 litre cooking oil, 700 ml tomato sauce, 750 g mayonnaise, 2kg washing powder and 410 g baked beans. “We found it fit to help Batswana back at home because we know that the government cannot win this mammoth task alone. I am proud to see that this project has once again united Batswana across the UK, and I trust that we will continue to assist Batswana where we can,’ explained Lawrence Mathala, the UK-Botswana Covid-19 Response Committee Chairman.  

Dr Boikanyo Phenyo,  the Botswana Community in the UK Chairperson also added on saying, ‘We are grateful for the Botswana High Commissioner’s endorsement and involvement in our project because it has given our project credibility and motivated more Batswana to participate in this initiative. Thank you to Batswana that have responded to our appeal and participated in this project, let’s keep the spirit of unity in the UK and continue to help our country grow and prosper. Gaabo Motho go thebepatshwa.’

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Block 8 nurse challenges Covid-19 test results



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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