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Saleshando’s promise for Boro

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Member of Parliament for Maun West, Dumelang Saleshando is a man on a mission.

After emerging triumphant at the polls three months ago, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leader has brought forward his development plan for his constituency

Chief amongst his ambitions is building a satellite school for the children of Boro settlement, who for many years have been subjected to gruelling 36km round trips to and from school.

Speaking at a public consultation Kgotla meeting at Maun Main Kgotla this week, Saleshando promised to push forward the construction of a satellite primary school in Boro for lower age classes.

The Umbrella for Democratic Change’s (UDC) legislator declared that from the P10 million Constituency Development Fund already allocated to his office, he will ensure at least Standard One, Two and Three students have classes in Boro and are not forced to travel the long distance to Maun’s Matlapana Primary School.

“We have taken a decision to build classrooms for Standard One up to Standard Three in Boro because the quality of education in this region is of great concern,” said Saleshando.

His contention was that although more children are being enrolled in schools in general, they are not necessarily gaining a quality education.

“All over the country schools are under performing but Ngamiland is the hardest hit. If we do not address this with the urgency it deserves then our schools will continue to be training grounds for labourers. We cannot produce people who will run the economy of this country neither legislators of tomorrow if we continue at this pace,” he lamented, adding the problem can only be addressed by deliberate investment in education projects.

Lately, much of the focus of international aid is on education as it has been found that the lack of access to schools, especially in poorer sub Saharan countries and in conflict zones, contributes to poor quality of education among children.

New research from Unesco Institute of Statistics has specifically warned against lack of quality within schools, describing it as ‘an education crisis’, with millions of school-going children lacking basic skills in reading and mathematics.

LONG WALK: Boro children

In the same report released earlier this month, the United Nations called on governments and key stakeholders to urgently address equity in education funding. It further presented specific actions required to achieve equitable quality education for every child.

Although Botswana was not mentioned in the study, many children, especially in the Ngamiland area, continue to get poor marks in final examinations. According to Saleshando, this is due to lack of investment in their education.

“As we all know, these children, some as young as six years of age, have to travel long distances through dangerous terrain, through wildlife and harsh weather to get to school. I have been told that sometimes the elephants and other wild animals block their way and they have to go back home instead of school.”

School starts at 7:20 in the morning, but often most of these students arrive between 8:00 and 9:00 in school, tired, hungry and long after lessons commenced. This has been blamed for the below average performance of many students in this region.

“We need to work together to build a better future for these children,” stressed Saleshando.

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

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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

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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

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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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