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Khama is the target – Motlhabane

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Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Spokeperson, Justice Motlhabane who was arrested, tortured and charged with publishing false statements about COVID-19 has said that he has found out that he was not the primary target of the law enforcement officers but former president Ian Khama was.

Motlhabane, Letsogile Barupi, and Oarabile Dikologang are facing four counts of publishing statements with intention to deceive persons about COVID-19 infection and the use of offensive electronic communication.

Barupi is the administrator of Botswana Trending News while Dikologang administer People’s Daily News Facebook pages, which published the said false statements while Motlhabane is said to be the source.

Speaking to The Voice in an interview, Motlhabani said that during his arrest, the police and security agents stripped him naked and tortured him. He said as they tortured him, they kept saying that he was the small fish who could lead them to the big fish, being BPF Patron Ian Khama and the party president Biggie Butale.

He said they even asked him if knew something about Khama’s suspected plot to topple president Masisi.

“About 30 police officers came to my house around 10pm on the 11th of April and banged doors and windows. When I opened they assaulted me. They took my phone, laptop and party documents. I was so traumatized. They went through party documents and said our party doesn’t have money and they won’t be able to bail me. They asked me where I got the information about articles that were published on Botswana Trending News but I wonder what makes them think I am linked to the page,” said Motlhabane

The Court heard that the three accused persons on or about the 6th of April acting together in concert published a statement through social media via Facebook page, Botswana Trending News titled: ‘Breaking, Masisi to pay BDP MPs P12 million each so that they can support State of Emergency.

The article is said to have been written with the intention to deceive its readers and any other person of the real intentions and measures taken by the government to address COVID-19.

On the second count, it is alleged the three still on the 6th of April published an article titled: ‘Possible war looming in Botswana as Masisi forces to implement State of Emergency’.

It is alleged the publication was made with the intention to deceive its readers or any other person of the real intentions and measures taken by the government to address COVID-19.

On another count the accused persons on the 22nd of March allegedly published an article on Botswana Trending News Facebook page titled, ‘Botswana hiding Corona Virus cases to avoid causing unrest amongst the citizens.’

The article is said to be offensive in nature and was not intended for any legitimate communication, thereby disturbing the quite of the society.

On the forth charge it is alleged that on the 25th of January the three acting together in concert, willfully and maliciously used electronic communication via Facebook Page, Botswana Trending News and published a post with the heading: ‘DCEC boss living in fear as the DISS plan to eliminate the 100 billion mastermind.’

This communication is said to have been offensive in nature and was not intended for any legitimate communication thereby disturbing the peace and quiet of DCECE investigating officer, Jako Hubona.

Regional Magistrate Goodwill Makofi granted the three bail on conditions that they shall each be released on their own cognizance of P10 000 and each avail two Batswana sureties who shall each bind themselves in the like sum.

He ordered that they shall not commit any offence whilst on bail and they shall not interfere with police investigations.

They shall also forfeit all of their travel documents to the Station Commander.

Magistrate Makofi further ordered the three to report themselves to the Station Commanders of their nearest police station once fortnightly on Fridays between the hours 0730 and 1630.

He said they should attend court sessions as and when required to do so.

They shall present themselves to Health Officials for assessment in line with Covid-19 regulations.

They will be back in court on July 30th for mention

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Dr Gure’s anti climax

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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

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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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