VICE President Lt. General Mompati Merafhe

VP tells off BTV and its journalist

Vice President, Lt. General Mompati Merafhe has lashed out at the  Botswana Television(BTV) and its journalist for focussing the camera too much on him at the expense of the audience.

The ailing Merafhe exploded when Btv lens man, Kefilwe Keosentse pointed the camera towards him as he was about to deliver a keynote address at the unveiling of the Botswana Housing Corporation ( BHC) in Mahalapye last weekend.

Dignitaries and  Mahalapye residents who attended the BHC event listened in shock as Merafhe unleashed his verbal barrage of accusations on the embarrassed Keosentse and the national tv station in general.

‘’Hey you, What is your problem? Merafhe launched his attack, taking both  the audience and the cameraman by surprise.

Weighing in on on the unsuspecting journalist for what he called a ‘tendency to focus only on his face at the exclusion of the audience, the VP went on: “You have a tendency of just focusing on me and leaving other people out of the picture.  What is so interesting about me and my face anyhow that you have to show it all the time and not show all these other people’s faces? Merafhe asked, prompting  the crowd to burst out in laughter.

Unfazed by the reaction, the visibly perturbed VP continued: ‘’Last time when I was opening a church in Sefhare you just showed my picture on BTV the whole time although there were many other people that attended that function.  This television belongs to Batswana and they want to see themselves in it.  Just imagine an old woman from  a village attending that event and you don’t show her on TV.

When the crowd laughed out loud some more, Merafhe went on to tell Keosentse who was  by now shifting around uncomfortably in the middle of the room that he was aware that BTV was highly characterised by  jealousy and hatred.

“I am aware that you are controlled by certain people at the station who tell you which clip to show and which one not to show! Batswana are a nation full of gossip and jealousy and to them it is just a social pastime.  But you need to know that your television station is doing a disservice to this nation.  I don’t care what you say or what your supervisors would say.  As you can see these people agree with me,’’ he said pointing to the crowd.

It was not until the photo journalist turned his camera to the guests to avoid  further public humiliation that Merafhe turned his attention away from him to address the BHC CEO statement in his address that the corporation’s houses in  Mahalapye  were built by Batswana contractors.
Expressing doubts on BHC’s top man claims, the VP said, “I used to pass by here and see certain light skinned people whom I am sure can not pass for  Batswana working on this site.  So when you say Batswana built these houses whom are you exactly referring to?’’
But before the puzzled looking CEO could offer an answer, Merafhe had already shifted his attention to the village leaders whom he lambasted for not inviting Mahalapye residents to the BHC event.”I am surprised to see councillors and chiefs alone here. Where are the people?  If it was not for them some of you would  be in the bush right now  herding cattle, but now that they have put you in power by voting for you,  you have forgotten all about them”.

Mahalapye chief, Duncan Segotsi who was one of the  objects of the VP’s  fiery attack later told The Voice in an interview  that he was totally shocked by the Lt General”s  outburst.

“We were not even given time to defend ourselves. Had he given us a chance to respond to his accusations I would have let him know that I received the invitation late in the week and it was addressed to me personally and not extended to the community or the general public.” he said

Keosentse refused to comment on the incident.

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p.rebatho

The v.p needs rest. He has served the country with honor and that is appreciated. we love him but its time to give others a chance.

tipa11

O a lwala gape o godile.A a tlogelele ba bangwe. O setse a le pelo khutshwane

cheri

owaii botsohe bo iphile marapo, le nyena la bona batho, a sutele ba bangwe

lololo

Gaa sa tlhole a batla tiro, aa tsamae aye go ikhutsa a tlogele batho ba dire tiro ya bone. Tota gatwe ke eng? o setse a latlhegetswe ke tlhaloganyo.

izzy

jaanong v.p le ene o dira o kare o a ipelaela.sins a lwala kana le ene a bo a nna o ka re o tsofetse thata no wonder a sa bate face ya gagwe e supiwa thata.

usualsuspect

A e jeke e dithala,viagra…. we tired ke clips tsa ga malema,keosentse must post this one on the net.

mmamd

Magodi ga se maboelo motswana wetsho! Le go fola ga a ise a fole, o stressed ke bolwetse and need lifetime leave. O ka tloga a re betsa, babalelang sechaba mo go VP.

Smile

vp nid to rest,o short tempered so,unusual suspect o tla ikgolega o di tsaya kae tseo?

Given

mare o setse a kgobokantse s go tabo go se phoso

DON

Keosentse shud give VP a break ga bone gore he is trying to blend in,o lebetse a raya batho a re sick people shud not pretend to be normal.

Rabie

People have mercy please! he will quite soon n go ta siama!

titipote

Old age plus unprecedented arrogance….

kaylee

Bolwetsi…a a sutele ba bangwe a lese go roga le go ntsetsa stress mo go ba bangwe a wetswe ditlhaa jaana.

Mezola

Tota Rre Merafhe we really apreciate u served this country for a long tym we thank and salute u. Ga o utlwa go twe o ye go thusa bannabagolo merero le mekuro go botlhokwa ka o ka ikhutsa. O mogolo o setse o le mo makoeng jaanong o tswa mo seporong o tlhoka botho le mo sechabeng le morafheng o go tlhophileng. Thong botho mongwato o batla bana ba go araba ba reng ga o itsaya jalo ga o sa batle ba go tsaya sefatlhego a motho wa atle a tsewe maoto. ga ba go roma go tlhoka go tsoga… Read more »

Aty.

MR MERAFHE O TSOFETSE motho wa modimo fa o bona o omanela dilo tse.ikhutse b4 bolwetsi ja pelo bo go tsaya.

tutu

Exactly what Kgafela doesnt want these guys to do, go ba sotla sotla a sa iphetolele. Kgosi ya Mahalapye e buwa ntlhwere, ke sone se ba rileng ba se rata se, so he should stop complaing about not being given a chance to respond.

Ntate Merafhe ene, fa a sa batle limelight he should just quitely retire and noone will train cameras on him!

thabenjuu

I aggree with u guyz gr vp wa chembera….he is now losing cotrol fa o bona a setse a tlhapatsa morafe jaan.. its hy tym he gv chance to others but not to “KEDIKILWE EE”….

nick

no cococomememennnnnnntttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

spinach

Ao shems! Ntatemogolo o na le stress. Ha motho a simolola dipilisi o nna bogale, then after a year o nona mo a tikang lerago. Everythin will be ok.

spinach

Ntatemogolo the o sebete. ke ntse ke bona dinepe tsa ga keosentse mo facebook. Selo sele ke batista. itshware ntatemogolo, o ta betswa ke batho

Switsouba

dingwaga matona hare di ile……………le se mo tshwae phoso le streche

hanna

de v.p o setse a lapile le ga a sa bue sentle he dsnt evn notice gr ga a bue sentle n o tshwanetse a bo ane a le makgakga e santse e le le one four.

mojenje

eheeee!!! Re mmoleletse maloba ko mmathubudukwane gore fa a felelela o tla nna pelo khutswane, not amazing.

mojenje

eheeee!!! Re mmoleletse maloba ko mmathubudukwane gore fa a felelela o tla nna pelo khutswane, not amazing VP .

kagiso Mivavo Dr Mokento Rabothako

To tell the truth,dz isnt fair 4 a professional photographer t be treated dz way,slowly nd surely HERE z the WAR WE HV BIN WAITIN FOR.Hw cud a VICE du dz,Hei BATSWANA!r w at South Borwa whr Malema didi his SH.. to dat camera man,To de Govi,wts ur action concenin dz,u myt tink z a easy task/issue bt the end results r huge,U R GRWN BRADA,step out

Tsenyakoteng

The Voice le lona le ka tsaya ntatemogolo senepe aedimola? O tlile go le omanya le lona.

pierre

Apart from the voice wanting to sell thier newspaper, honestly what is wrong with what the VIP said???? Is it not fair for BTV to cover all people at gatherings? Why do they focus on a few individuals? What is wrong when the VIP questions the CEO’s remarks that he doubts if the BHC houses were constructed by Batswana when he used to see non-bastwana at the site? What is wrong when the VIP asks why ordinary people were not invited?

cheerful

I would appreciate it if you would stop focussing the camera on me all the time instead of the audience!!!!

cheerful

And politely end with THANK YOU!!

cheerful

“I would have let him know that I received the invitation late in the week and it was addressed to me personally and not extended to the community or the general public.” he said”

Looks like the whole event was poorly organised!!!

Rarefri

Mdala o a lwala. Look at the oral thrush. Leleme le le le gothilwe go leka go timetsa bosupi ja Bolwetsi. A ye homebased care.

nazareth

the more u grow old the childish u become,he z getting sinner so i dnt blame him.Ga etse PHK a latlhele seditse

Nnanababe

Wel, I guess, the truth hurts, What our honorable V.P has said, has nothing to do with his age. This is the truth and we all know it. Lets stop hiding behind a thin pole and insult his wisdom.People have been preaching about the affairs of BTv and complaing about how Kaboyamodimo have been running shots and how the editorial have been focusin on our current government only..This was not fair for all the parties.. Thanking you Mr Merafhe for highlighting that out.Though you are ageing and people are taking advantage of that but what you have just said shows… Read more »

cheerful

“The BTv lens man was just doing his job.Thats and instruction coming from the top… Lets not blame him….”

That is a good point

Whoever was responsible for planning the eventi.e getting the invitations out on time etc. should take responsiblity.

cheerful

Instead of “‘’Hey you, What is your problem?”

would either say:-

Excuse me, is there a problem why you continually focus the camera on me instead of the audience?”!!!!

This should have been said when the camera was not on!!!

cheerful

“Hey you” speaking from a professional point of view is considered VERY IMPOLITE!!

k-lo

Keosentse le ene ga e kake ya re batho ba bangwe ba tetse,a bo a shenamisetsa camera ya gagwe mo go VP.O ne a batla go rugiwa fela e seng sepe gape.VP o mmankantse.

onkzella

yeah! the vp is right.they need to focus their cameras their cameras equaly on both the vp and his audience, not just concentrating on His Excellence!afterall BTv ke ya rona rotlhe.

cheerful

““I am aware that you are controlled by certain people at the station who tell you which clip to show and which one not to show!”

Looks like the station needs sorting out!!

spinach

@ cheerful. young man, stop over-commenting. u always make over 10 comments per article. gorileng nnana? ao!

moshawasha

botsofe papa,gape o bitter,ekare motho a batla go boela ko bonaneng gore aje madi ko ntlheng,go tla siama

phunyamatras

merafe must retire not because of current political situations but becoz of old age o motona o dirile o tshwanetse go sutela ba bangwe, sum 1 shud fil his position banana ba te ba bone ditiro aahg. batho ba taa thola ba bereketse ruri hela!

abza

AOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…THAT UGLY THING U CALL IT A FACE……AAAAAAHHH..NTATE NTATE U AR UGLY NO WONDER YOU AR SCARED OF JUST A CAMERA…CAMERA…AO MONNA….THAT GUY WAS DOING HIS WORK..AND YOU MUST GO TO HELL YOU UGLY OLD MAN AND EISH I JUST WISH LE KA SWA LOTLHE KO PALAMENTENG CAUZ LE NNA KE BATLA GO NNA MINISTER..KE JE MADI..KE JE BATHO..KE PALAME DI BMW TSE DI NTSHO..HEE GA MPORE KE LEBALA..KE UTLWA GOTWE O NE WA EMELELA DAA KO MOCHUDI KING KGAFELA A GOROGA..AAHH..KANTE GA SE GORE KE WENA BOZER NTATE..NTLHAGISENG HOO TLHE BATONG PLIZ..

cheerful

SPINACH

Thought by now someone would have had you for dinner

I am not over commenting if you cannot make a POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION ZIP UP!!

cheerful

I will go a step further (much to SPINACH’s DISAPPOINTEMENT!!!)
tHAT THE FOLLOWING IN MY OPINION

“that he was aware that BTV was highly characterised by jealousy and hatred.”

that this was not the RIGHT TIME AND PLACE TO MAKE THESE COMMENTS!!

o2

the vp is ryt le nna ne ke ya go ipotsa gore wher wer the residents..ene ele ka maikaelelo bo keosentse le bone ke dirongwane..

spinach

@cheerful. im not goin to argue with a single braincelled space-waster. u r confused. Do u even know the difference between politics and journalism?

abza

SPINACH LE CHEERFUL…TAKE IT EASYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY……………………………………

Brainwashed

@Cheerful yo name says it all, dont b intimidated by self proclaiming politicians. Btv belongs to Batswana n everyone who attended da meeting requires btv coverage as well,dats da reason y our president prefers his private lens man. I dnt think da cameraman is a qualified personnel.Big up 2 our Vice-President maybe in future da lens man will len 4 da beta. We nid new bood at Btv. @Spinach stop judging any individual can comment countlessly as long der is sumthg to comment abt. No wonder u r cold Spinach stop being childish n brainless. We nid facts here not… Read more »

cheerful

Spinach cooked with Tomato and Onions or
Spinach served with fresh Cream
or do u prefer a spinach layered Panacake!!!!!!