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COVID -19 food baskets Politically weaponised



COVID -19 food baskets Politically weaponised


Tlokweng Sub District Council efforts to distribute Covid 19 food have been drastically hampered by political fights and differences.

The council, which has so far managed to distribute food to only 989 households out of the 12 272 people who qualified for government food relief was put on the spotlight when ruling party councillors complained of interference from former councillors.

The concerned Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillors have accused social workers of colluding with former opposition party councillors to highjack the food relief programme and use it as a political campaign tool.

Speaking on behalf of her team, Councillor Veronica Mothibedi of Masetlheng ward complained that social workers had chosen to snub BDP councillors when it comes to identifying beneficiaries of the Covid- 19- food baskets.

“We tried to provide the council with a list of people who were in dire need of food hampers but our lists were overlooked while the lists from former councillors were prioritised,” Mothibedi said.

The BDP councillors have also cried foul that the council does not update them on their schedule, rendering them useless to their people who often depend on their elected representatives to know what is happening in the constituency.

“Every time people come to us for help we fail to assist them because we are also clueless as the council has decided to keep us in the dark,” she said.

Although, a UDC former councillor, Saelo Seitshiro dismissed the allegation as ‘usual lies by politicians’, the Council Chair, Phillip Mfolwe confirmed the conflict.

“I have also been notified by councillors of the interference of some former Councillors, who are always seen milling around the council office.

“Allegations brought to me have indicated that former councillors have favour amongst the social welfare office and are attended to before the current leadership. Furthermore these former councillors are issued with Covid -19 permits contrary to the extreme social distancing regulations. It is clear that there are some staff members who entertain this in a deliberate effort to try and sabotage government efforts. We have decided to write a letter to that effect with suppoting evidence to management,” he said.

Mfolwe also revealed that on the ground things were falling apart with food distribution process moving at a snail’s pace.

Tlokweng Council’s Spokesperson, Thapelo Timono confirmed that the food distribution process was slow but denied allegations of collusion between social workers and former councillors.

“There is no mischief on our part as they allege. We acknowledge that we have been slow in executing our duties but we will soon speed up the process, ” he said.

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Dr Gure’s anti climax



Dr Gure's anti climax

Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe



Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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