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Trio accused of gang rape

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ALLEGEDLY GRABBED VICTIM FROM DONKEY CART WHILE BOYFRIEND FLED

Three men have been charged with the vicious gang rape of a 35-year-old woman, who was attacked at Lekhujwana lands near Sojwe village on 1st March.

The trio: Tumisang Reetsang, 30, Malefo Dow, 28, and 21-year-old Oduetse Kabe pleaded not guilty and were awarded bail when they appeared before Molepolole Magistartes’ Court last Thursday.

Speaking to The Voice, Sojwe Police Station Commander, Superintendent Kitsiso Lemogang, said the complainant had been travelling in a donkey cart with her 40-year-old boyfriend at the time of the attack.

“The couple were on their way from Boatlaname to Lekhujwana when three men came following in their own donkey cart and stopped it in front of the lovers.

“We suspect the men then jumped from their donkey cart and started assaulting the victim’s donkeys while her boyfriend got scared and ran away. They then carried the victim to their donkey cart and went with her. On the way, they got in the bush and gang raped her,” revealed the concerned top cop.

It is believed the eldest of the suspects, Reetsang, then dragged the victim to his place where he reportedly raped her throughout the night.

Police suspect he finally released her in the morning after forcing her to take a bath.

Upon being freed, the traumatised woman immediately reported her ordeal to Sojwe police.

During their brief court appearance, the three suspects requested bail on the basis there was no one to look after their small stock.

Earlier, the prosecution, who did not object to the accused being granted bail, told court they were still waiting for a report from the forensic laboratory.

Presiding over the matter, Magistrate Kefilwe Resheng released the trio on a conditional bail that they should each pay the sum of P3, 000 and provide two sureties each binding themselves with the same amount. They were also told to report to the police every two weeks and warned not to interfere with the witnesses.

The suspected rapists will next appear for mention on 28th April, coming from their homes, if they manage to pay their bail.

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Block 8 nurse challenges Covid-19 test results

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A nurse who allegedly tested positive of Covid-19 during the emergency parliament session has given the Ministry of Health and Wellness up to next week Tuesday to respond to his legal demands as he believes that the test results were fake.

The victim, Morobi Dinao, a nurse at Block 8 Gaborone has made demands that the ministry give him signed results by the person who carried out the laboratory tests.

Dinao was diagnosed at a special parliament sitting in April, his supposed positive results leading to all MPs and those who attended the session to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

According to legal documents from Ndadi law firm, the 37-year-old nurse was admitted at Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital on the 9th of April after he was told he tested positive.

On the 13th he demanded to see his results but was sent from pillar to post and the hospital could not give him the results.

He kept on demanding his results and on the 19th of April he was shown the results through his glass door from outside by one Dr Feledi.

Dinao allegedly asked for a copy of the results but the Doctor said he would revert to him after consulting with his superiors.

He was given his results when he was discharged on the 24th of April.

There was no explanation of the results and the document was also not signed hence the suspicion that they were not authentic.

Some of the things that made him suspicious, he says, are that the specimen submission form that carries his results is markedly from the one he completed on the day of tests.

He says the form does not have the laboratory personnel signature portion yet the one he duly completed had it.

The demands are that MOH should give an account of the delay of initial results.

Dinao’s lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi, told The Voice Online that they are awaiting response to their client’s demands before they can take the next step.

“I do not understand how a doctor can seek for his superior’s permission to give a patient his own results. How do you get admitted without seeing your results and told we are following the instructions to admit you? A lot is questionable in the whole scenario,” said Ndadi.

Ndadi further said he’ll await his client’s instruction before considering any court action.

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No water supply in Maun this weekend

*Main water pipe raptured at Nxaraga

*70% water supply shut down for maintenance work

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Most parts of Maun and surrounding areas are expected to experience a dry spell this weekend as the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) cuts water supply for the next two days.

The department’s head of business, Thabo Ndadi, explained that seventy percent supply of water in and around Maun will be shut down to allow for maintenance of main water pipe to the area.

“This week we discovered that our main water pipe that brings in water from Kunyere boreholes has raptured and thus unable to adequately supply water,” explained Ndadi.

Ndadi further confirmed that they started noticing the leak last month but avoided tempering with it as it was during the lockdown and when the country had just reported first cases of the killer Covid-19 disease.

“Our hope and prayer was that the leak would not become so bad before the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, but the water pressure has gone down and therefore we have to fix the problem and we cannot do it without temporarily cutting the flow,” added Ndadi.

Seventy percent of water supply in Maun is from boreholes along Kunyere river in Nxaraga area, while the other two boreholes in Shashe and Sexaxa make up the remaining thirty percent.

“This effectively means Maun will be running with a seventy percent water shortage and we are pleading with members of the community to use water with extra care,” Ndadi added.

In fact some areas will go dry for over 24 hours and WUC has advised people to store water for weekend use today because from tomorrow, taps will be completely dry. “Many other homes will get water way beyond the 24 hours, because after maintenance the water has to make a long journey to reach the taps, for some it will take 48 hours or so. In fact the whole recovery process takes seven days so, it may be practically impossible to complete the recovery within 24 hours.”

Meanwhile Thamalakane river has started to fill up, but the WUC water treatment plant in Borolong is yet to start pumping water from the river as they have to wait for at least a month for the water “to be of better quality to be processed for consumption. Right now the water volume is still low for such an exercise but the plant is ready to start operations. Already we have begun testing the water for quality and it not yet where we want it to be,” Ndadi said.

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