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From Francstown to Bristol





A journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.

And what a journey it has been for Victoria Salam!

Twelve years ago, propelled by stories she had immersed herself in, she decided to go on an adventure to the United Kingdom.

“My fascination was born from my obsession with books. I read everything from Shakespeare, Marian Keyes and Jane Eyre. These and many others certainly played a huge part in creating images of a place I knew at some point I would love to visit and perhaps have the opportunity to explore,” said Salam who was captivated by the allure of all things British from a very young age.

“I couldn’t get enough of the accents and the all too familiar British humor,” she sys with a chuckle.

Realizing that her dream to migrate to the UK was within reach, Salam and a bunch of her friends utilized the working visa to make their trip to England.

“I was excited to finally get first hand experience of the culture I had come to know so well only through reading books and watching television,” she said

Although at the time, everyone around her spoke highly of going to the United States of America, Salam was not swayed from her interest to find her feet in the UK.

Settling in Bristol, she went about making friendships that ultimately led to her meeting her husband with whom she now has two sons.

An alumni of John Mackenzie school in Francistown who went on to be a law graduate, Salam talked fondly about her school days and about how teachers were caring and encouraging, causing her to excel in academics.

Her childhood memories, she says have propelled her to be more involved in her Bristol community.

“We all have a role to play in building young minds. There is a teacher in all of us and we ought to decide if we will be teachers that build or break the spirit and destroy lives,” she said.

Juggling motherhood, a commercial cleaning company she manages and her part time work in a law firm, Salam’s plate is full, yet she makes time for what she says is most important to her, which is helping others achieve their dreams.


Through community work and church, she has added value to platforms geared at elevating others to realize their potential.

Through seminars and workshops outside of her work she and others continue to build networks that aim to harness their gifts and knowledge.

“I know firsthand the difficulty in making impact especially in a place where everyone seems to be only concerned about their own livelihood. Unlike in Botswana, it takes longer to build networks here. People may mean well, but they are busy. However once made, these connections are for a lifetime,” she said

Although her family had initially worried a bit about her moving to the UK, they long got used to it.

“I have never stayed at home for long periods of times because I did both my O levels and A Levels in Zimbabwe before spending five years at university. So, one could say, I have been independent and away from home for a very long while,” Salam explained.

She however keeps in touch and follows what is going on in Botswana closely.

In preparation for the brand-new year, Salam excited about being back in the kitchen.

“We recently watched a documentary on food; the game changer and it correlated with conversations we have been having about being a lot healthier. So I am enjoying the meal preps even though it can at times mean spending way too much time in stores looking for specific ingredients. Cutting out meat from our diet has so far not been too bad,” she laughs and goes on to add that being intentional with everything is he theme for 2020.

“ I am energized by the possibilities that lie ahead,” she said wrapping up the interview.

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Son of BDP women’s wing SG accused of forging DIS boss signature



Yes I was detained and questioned- Maruapula

A man rumoured to be romantically linked to the reigning Miss Botswana, Oweditse Phirinyane was this week allegedly nabbed and questioned for impersonating a Directorate Of Intelligence Services (DIS) agent.

The suspect, Mompati Maruapula is the son of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) women’s wing secretary General, Neo Maruapula.

He reportedly attracted law enforcement officers’s attention by uttering a false document, complete with a forged signature of the Director General of the DIS Peter Magosi as ‘proof” that he was employee of the DIS when he was not.

He allegedly produced the fake proof of employment in an attempt to fraudulently purchase a BMW vehicle limited addition at one of the car dealers in Gaborone, an eyewitness has claimed.

“The car dealership phoned the DIS to confirm and that is when law enforcement agencies were alerted and a sting operation was set in motion to nab him,” the source further narrated.

He was then told to come back at 2Pm for the car only for him to find security agents waiting to catch him.

Asked to comment on the incident Maruapula explained that he was not charged but simply questioned.

“They (Police) said they would get back to me. I have not yet been charged with any crime. I was briefly detained and released yes. It is true,” he said in a brief interview.

The DIS when quizzed about the matter referred The Voice to The Botswana Police.

“I cannot confirm nor deny your questions. Please liase with the Police for a full brief,” DISS spokesperson Edward Robert said.

Miss Botswana also refused to comment saying she would like to keep her private life private and quickly handed the phone to the recently divorced Maruapula who was in her company at the time.

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Montshiwa’s murder trial yet to start



Trial date for the late Fairground Holdings Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Montshiwa’s murder case has been postponed as Judge Michael Mothobi is on sick leave.

The main suspect in this matter attorney David Modise and his co-accused- a traditional doctor Tumelo Tshukudu, today appeared at the Gaborone High Court for mention and confirmation of trial dates.

The 35-year-old lawyer is linked to the death of his client, Montshiwa, and he is facing another charge of stealing by agent.

He is currently out on bail awaiting trial.

Montshiwa was shot and killed on the 18th of October, 2015 at his house in Block 6 Gaborone.

It is said that Modise was the last person to communicate with Montshiwa just minutes before the CEO’s fatal shooting.

Police investigations revealed that between June 30 and October 17, 2015, Modise withdrew about P245 000 from Montshiwa’s Trust account.

The money according to the Investigating Officer Detective Senior Superintendent Sergeant Marapo, was entrusted to Modise for the purchase of a plot for Montshiwa in Mogoditshane.

It is alleged that when Montshiwa realised that the money was missing from the Trust account, he communicated with Modise demanding to see him at his house on the night he was killed.

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DPP resuscitates 15 year ‘cold’ murder case



Nearly fifteen years after he allegedly hacked three people to death, the wheels of justice have started turning and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are reopening the files to bring murder suspect Mokolopi Mothusi to book.

The accused is facing a triple murder charge after he allegedly hacked to death a man, his wife, and their child with a tomahawk axe sometime in 2005 at Khonkhwa settlement near Jwaneng.

The matter appeared to have been forgotten for sometime, but on Monday the DPP reopened Mothusi’s files and he showed up in court walking with the aid of crutches.

Initially the matter was scheduled for trial for several dates in May but had to be postponed to December to allow the defense to locate witnesses.

“We are faced with a difficult matter here, so far the state had intended to call 20 witnesses, but we are informed that five of them have since died. We will also need time to locate our witnesses who are scattered somewhere in the desert,” said attorney Tengo Rubadiri who is defending Mothusi.

The matter was postponed and trial dates have been set for December 10th up to 15th 2020.

Meanwhile, in a separate matter, Kagiso Sejamabogo will have to wait a bit longer in prison before he is granted bail pending appeal of his 17-year prison sentence for various offences.

Although he has been in prison since 2012, Sejamabogo will have to wait until June before the High Court hears his appeal because a typist who was recording his case record at Molepolole Magistrates Court has been transferred to Mochudi.

Since 2018, Sejamabogo has been trying to get his case record from the court but the staff have been too busy with other engagements at the expense of his agonizing prison remand.

Justice Michael Leburu ordered the Molepolole Court Clerk to avail the record on the 29th of May and that the appellant will present his argument on June 22nd.

The appellant has had his prison term reduced to 11 years and has so far served eight years in prison.

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