Thursday, June 30, 2022

Matlhabaphiri launches own investigation into allegations against him

Following the recent allegations leveled at him, the Assistant Minister of Health, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri, is reported to have launched a full investigation into what he terms “a conspiracy” against him.

Matlhabaphiri recently revealed to the Telegraph that he had engaged his lawyers who will take appropriate action once the investigation is complete and when he finds the people behind the recent allegations against him. According to a local newspaper, during an open court session, a certain Simon Tafi recently accused Matlhabaphiri of sleeping with his wife.

But Matlhabaphiri keeps referring to ‘people’ because he suspects that Tafi was not the only one behind the conspiracy aimed at him.

“I am doing investigations into where the story is coming from, and when I find out, I will take appropriate action against them, be it a group of people or a paper. This time I am not going to sit back; there has been a similar story about me in the past and the people responsible have confessed to me about it, but I let it go,” he said.

Matlhabaphiri made these revelations after he was alerted of the calls from the Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) to have him sacked from cabinet.

The BNF youth league is of the view that the Ministry of Health (MoH) has of late lost its credibility and dignity because of recent allegations that have been pointed at the assistant minister in open court.

“The BNFYL understands that these are allegations but the assistant minister, who was once accused of the same scandal around 2005, needs to clear his name since he is in the ministry which advocates the need for people to change their sexual behavior,” said Maikgantsho Rammontsho, the secretary for publicity and information at the BNF.

The BNF youth league says that the Assistant Minister’s alleged scandals are going against the efforts of UNAIDS to persuade people to change their sexual behavior.

Rammontsho said that Matlhabaphiri as the face of the ministry should be leading by example, adding that allegations leveled against the assistant minister will complicate things and will not make people change their sexual behavior.

The youth league statement goes on to conclude that ”for the assistant minister to advocate for health for all and behavioral change, his name needs to be cleared” and that, if the president still┬átakes ‘D’ for Dignity seriously, the youth league believes that he should consider sacking the assistant minister.

“I guess it means that they are also involved in the conspiracy against me, why else would they be calling for me to step down from cabinet when they don’t even have the facts. They are also in the opposition, so they can say whatever they want. I will get to the bottom of this,” vowed Matlhabaphiri.

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