Poverty drives man to sell a kidney for P 500, 000.00
In what is likely to go down in the history books as the first case of its kind, in Botswana, a young man of Matlapaneng ward in Maun has put up his kidney for sale. Gaone Moagi, 25, is advertising his kidney for P500, 000.00 in order to escape acute poverty.
The determined man told The Voice in an interview that if he does not get any buyers locally he would have to look further in the neighbouring South Africa. If he gets a buyer, Moagi intends to use the cash to acquire a big garden for commercial vegetable farming.
Unemployed for the past 7 years, Moagi said he was desperate to come up with a survival plan. “I failed form three in 2008 and since then I have knocked on several doors looking for a job and got turned away. I cannot depend on my mother anymore, I am the third born in a family of eight and it’s about time I became a bread winner,” he said.
Asked why he had to resort to an extreme solution instead of accessing government funding like CEDA and Youth grant Moagi said that he had lost hope in such schemes.
“Sometime back during a kgotla meeting, together with other unemployed youths, we were made to fill in business forms, stating what business we would like to start so that government could fund us. We never got any feedback.”Moagi lamented
Explaining further why he has to forge ahead with his kidney sale, Moagi told of how he couldn’t even have a girlfriend because he was always broke. “ As soon as my kidney is bought I want to acquire a big garden along Thamalakane River for commercial vegetable farming “
The idea to sell a kidney was inspired by a radio announcement that there was a patient looking for a kidney donation. “When I heard that announcement it immediately occurred to me that I can donate a kidney to anyone who needs it but for a fee.
I would like to help but I would like to be assisted too. I have suffered enough,”said the young man who further pointed out that he was prepared for any eventualities he is likely to encounter once the transplant is done.
“For me to be on the safe side, the buyer would have to foot all the medical bills, ” he noted. Commenting on the legality of selling body parts, Maun based Attorney. Lawrence Lecha of Lecha Attorneys said he was not aware of any law that would prevent anyone from selling his parts.
“Trading in body parts is illegal but this is a different case whereby one is proposing to sell his own part and that a far as I know is not illegal.”
Maun Police Station Commander Superintendent Peter Gochela also reiterated that trading in human parts was prohibited. But police could not act until a crime has been committed.
Meanwhile, a research on the web has indicated that a kidney on the black market in the United States costs US$ 262 000 (P2 620 000), USD 62 000 (P620 000) in China and USD 15 000 (P150 000) in India.