The killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was a criminal act, Botswana National Front (BNF) spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa, said following the slaying of the former Libyan leader yesterday.
Mohwasa said though Gaddafi was not one of the world's most perfect leaders, what was done in the coup sponsored by the United Nations (UN) and NATO in Libya was also wrong.
"What we have seen is a situation where only those who were against Gaddafi were protected while those who were supporting him were butchered," he noted.The BNF spokesman added that the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya should be made to answer for the lives lost in the so-called civil war in Libya.He said though Gaddafi was dead, the BNF believed that the leader's spirit would live on and the fight against neo-colonialism and imperialism would continue.
"We should understand that NATO and the NTC's idea was to kill Gaddafi for what he stood for," the BNF spokesman continued. "He fought against colonialism and imperialism, and that is why they killed him." For the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Gaddafi made a tremendous contribution to the lives of many in Africa. The party's international relations officer, Morgan Moseki, said though the man was perceived as evil and heartless to his own people, he contributed tremendously to the freedom of the oppressed in Africa. "He contributed tremendously, both financially and politically, to parties like the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa and the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) of Namibia," Moseki said.
Nevertheless, there were those who described Gaddafi as a heartless dictator. "A lot of Libyans were tortured and killed during his reign, which showed the darker side of Africa," he said. "But he should have been arrested and brought to justice, something that should happen to the Mugabes of this continent. Afterall, the International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued a warrant of arrest against him."
Moseki noted that South African president Jacob Zuma had recently said the African Union (AU) would be better off without Gaddafi. "He said Gaddafi had intimidated other African leaders, which shows that he was not the kind of leader who tolerated the views of other leaders," he said.He advised other African leaders to learn from Gaddafi's downfall. "In a nutshell, we are saying dictators should learn a lesson," he said. "They should know that they may glow but one day things will turn out this way."
The government had not made an official response by the time of going to press. "We are aware of the news, but I do not have an official comment as yet," said government spokesperson, Jeff Ramsay. "A statement will surely come from the Minster of Foreign Affairs tomorrow (today)." According to international media reports, Gaddafi was killed yesterday afternoon after NTC rebels overran his loyalist defences in Sirte, his hometown and final stronghold. NTC said Gaddafi was shot in both legs and in the head.