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Seduke denies Khama and Kgosi links

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The owner and Director of the embattled flying school International Aviation Solutions (IAS), Teezar Seduke has denied any links to former President Ian Khama and former Director of Intelligence and Security Services Isaac Kgosi.

Speaking during a press conference at the IAS headquarters on Wednesday, Seduke said he only met with Khama because he was a patron of the Kalahari Flying Club, where IAS is housed.

“I only know him because he once officiated at the Pinning of Wings ceremony at IAS. Otherwise I have no personal relations with him,” he said.

Seduke’s other company, Defense Concepts used to provide services to the then Special Branch and later Directorate of Intelligence Services.

However, Defense Concepts stopped dealing with DISS in 2012. It was then that Seduke formed IAS Flying Academy as the first commercial flying school in Botswana.

The company is currently embroiled in a P18.7 million payment dispute with the Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF), which has led to its near collapse and withdrawal of accreditation by Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA).

Seduke said he strongly believes that failure to amicably resolve his dispute with government was fueled by a false perception that he illegally benefitted from the DISS and the Khama administration.

At the height of his dispute with government, IAS filed a notice of intention to sue,but withdrew it with the hope that the matter would be amicably resolved through negotiations.

However, that has not come to pass. In a desperate bid to resolve the matter, Seduke has been to see Vice President Slumber Tsogwane, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, DIS Director General Peter Magosi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr Mooko and even former Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng.

“But my cries for help were in vain because of this false perception. I strongly believe that President Masisi is either being misled or information is withheld from him. I want to be given a chance to prove to him that all my business activities were above board. He is the only one who can save me from this systematic persecution by very powerful individuals within government,” he said.

As government refuses to pay the bill, IAS has since been placed under judicial management, while DTEF has stopped enrolling students at the school.

“It is very sad because my staff has gone without salaries for months. Others have resigned. Students have been left in limbo as they are not able to finish their courses. A youth owned business is crumbling because of the actions of fellow Batswana. Why are we exporting jobs to South Africa and destroying our fellow countrymen,” said Seduke.

He expressed confidence that Masisi will heed his plea and intervene to save local jobs and secure the future of students who are enrolled at IAS.

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Sangomas’ fatal battle

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Trio implicated in rival’s fiery death

Three traditional doctors in Serowe will have their spiritual powers put to the test as they race against time to escape a possible death penalty for the gruesome murder of a rival medicine man on 19th February.

The trio of Keitumetse Dudu Seakane, 34, Phaphane Jack, 27, and Gladys Dintwa, 52, is accused of burning Mhanje Raplanka alive at his home in Itsokwane Farms, just a few kilometers from Moiyabana.

The three sangomas, who were granted bail by Serowe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 19th March, appeared again for mention this Monday.

Speaking to The Voice, No. 2 District Officer Commanding, Paul Oketsang, confirmed the trio has been charged with the 67-year-old Raplanka’s murder.

However, the top cop would not go into detail as the matter is sensitive and still under investigation.

In an exclusive, emotional interview with this publication, a family spokesperson revealed they received a call at midnight on February 19th from concerned neighbours at the usually quite lands.

“They said people were killing our father and we should rush as quickly as possible to fetch him as he needed medical attention,” narrated the source, who pleaded to remain anonymous as he still has to give evidence in court.

The spokesperson is convinced the mastermind behind the cold-blooded murder was Gladys, the deceased’s niece.

“From what we learnt after the old man’s death, Gladys, who’s a traditional doctor, had once asked her uncle to pass on his shrine to her, a request he flatly rejected.”

According to the source, the holy shrine in the middle of the elderly man’s farm has long been a source of envy for Gladys, who desperately needed it to fortify herself.

Narrating his version of events from the fateful night, the family member claimed the trio drove together in a Honda Fit owned by Jack, parking close to the corrugated mud hut where an unsuspecting Raplanka lay sleeping.

“Gladys remained behind in the car, while Keitumetse and Phaphane proceeded to the house. They took a bath at the gate before entering the yard,” The Voice was told.

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The two sangomas allegedly doused the house in petrol before setting it on fire.

“From what we heard, the old man somehow managed to break through the door before he was completely consumed by fire. But they knocked him down with a log and poured more petrol on his burning body,” said the source, who remained remarkably calm considering his gory narrative.

Convinced Raplanka was dead, the two men reportedly returned to the car and fled the scene.

“Miraculously, he managed to extinguish the fire and staggered to the next yard, about a kilometre away, where he narrated his ordeal and named his attackers. It was the neighbours who alerted us and the police,” continued the family insider.

According to the source, a police van arrived an hour later to pick the badly burnt old man, who unfortunately died on the way to the hospital, a few kilometers from Moiyabana.

The suspects were arrested around noon the next day.

They are due back in court for mention on 2nd June.

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Botswana confirms four (4) cases of Covid-19

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  1. As noted yesterday Botswana has confirmed 3 cases of Covid-19. We now report a fourth Covid-19 case, this case is of a 79 old lady from Ramotswa who unfortunately demised on the 25th March, 2020 and was buried over the weekend on the 28th March 2020. She had travelled to Motswedi, South Africa on the 14 March 2020 and returned the following day on the 15th March 2020.

She started showing symptoms on the 21 March 2020 and later developed fever. It was noted that she had a significant other, comorbidities. On return from Motswedi she was kept on home quarantine from where she was brought to Bamalete Lutheran Hospital.

She was seen in Accident and Emergency and put under mandatory quarantine where she died on the 25 March 2020, and burial conducted with the necessary precautions of someone suspected to have highly an infectious disease.

Contact tracing is currently underway and so far 14 have been identified, quarantined and tested for Covid-19. Results are awaited.
Regarding the previous 3 cases we would like the Nation to note the following:

  1. The first case is a 47-year-old male, Motswana who came from Basingstoke, travelled to the United Kingdom on the 29th February 2020 and returned on the 21st March 2020. At the time of arrival the patient was asymptomatic.

The patient developed a fever (>38°C), coughing and running shortness of breath, the patient was swabbed on the 28th March 2020. The patient was tested at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) and also referred to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

  1. The second case is a 40-year-old female Motswana who travelled with her husband to Thailand on the 10th March 2020 and returned to Botswana on 20th March 2020 through Dubai, and through OR Tambo and SSKI.

The lady developed sore throat, was coughing and had a headache.

She was swabbed on the 27th March 2020. The patient was tested at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) and also referred to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

  1. The third case is a 42-year-old male Motswana who travelled with his wife to Thailand on the 10th March 2020 and returned to Botswana on 20th March 2020 through Dubai, and through OR Tambo and SSKI.

The male was coughing with a temperature of 37.8°C. He was swabbed on the 27th March 2020. The patient was tested at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) and also referred to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

As we face this challenge I call upon you my Countryman to stand together in unity as we fight this scourge. We together shall prevail. We have done this before and we shall do it again.

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