Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

27 May 2006

Botswana: 'Doctor' Threatens Dinotshe Ko Stadium

To people that are privy to Doctor Monthusi Sekonopo's powers, he is a revered man. Such reverence emanates from the potency of his medicine.

However, to some Zebras fans, he is just a mere ordinary mortal who cannot cause any harm. Just over the weekend, they 'unmasked' the celebrated doctor in broad daylight and made away with his mobile phone! Not only did they rob him, they throttled him, bashed his car and made him late to pick up his wife from the bus station. The former Chairman of Dingaka tsa Setso Association has threatened to use thunder and lightning against the culprits who stole his mobile phone last Sunday after the Zebras' won against South Africa. Sekonopo said that he was attacked by a group of young men who claimed they were Zebras fans but his investigations have identified a young man in his neighbourhood.

"I was driving home when this group stood in front of my car forcing me to stop. They opened my car doors and stole my cellular phone, and they also cracked my windscreen," he told Mmegi on Tuesday. He was forced to go and buy a new cell phone, which he was still removing from a box when Mmegi visited him at his home in Naledi. During the interview, Sekonopo took out a cellular phone pouch from his pocket. In the pouch was a phone charger that had a white masking tape tied around. He claimed that he used the masking tape to mark the fingerprints of the person who stole his mobile phone so that he could give proper instructions at his shrine to punish the culprit.

Now Sekonopo has issued a 14-day ultimatum within which the boy who took his phone should return it or face serious consequences. "Failure to return the phone will cause the boy serious trouble," he warned. Sekonopo is yet to choose whether to use lightning, bees, flies, or have the boy hang himself somewhere near the stadium. "Government cannot punish me for this because we are not allowed to carry guns around to protect ourselves from these thugs," he said. His only problem is that the authorities are taking long to make it lawful for men of his calibre to protect themselves against thugs using their A frican chemistry. "Le molao o tshwanetse gore o re letlelele gore re itshireletse. Nna ke siame. Ke tlaa romela dinotshi ko stadiumong". Despite his ordeal at the hands of the Zebras' fans, Sekonopo is unshaken, as he believes that he has the capacity to defend himself using his latest acquired lethal traditional medicine he imported from Barotsiland. He also sent a warning to the parents of the boy who stole his cell phone to buy and return the phone if they want their son to live longer.

Meanwhile, Sekonopo revealed that he had resigned from the chairmanship of the Dingaka tsa Setso Association because there is poor regulation of the profession. He said that there are currently over 20 associations operating in the country and they disrespect the umbrella body. He called on the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs to intervene.

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