An abomination stains Christmas

We woke up to news yesterday that the brother of the late, John Kalafatis, who was slain to death in an overkill that stunned the sensibilities and sensitivities of Batswana in the night of 14 May 2009, had been shot to near death the previous night by the police.

We can recall that in that winter night, agents of the Government of Botswana disregarded all tenets of natural justice and murdered John Kalafatis in a manner befitting gangsters of the worst order. And in defence of this atrocity, the then Vice President of the Republic Mompati Merafhe scornfully retorted Batswana were mournfully mistaken if they thought one or two deaths could tarnish international image of Botswana.

Botswana has been to a proponent and adherent of the rule of law, which is entrenched in the Constitution of the land in an aspect that echoes the United Nations Charter. “The concept of rule of law is deeply linked to the principle of justice, involving an ideal of accountability and fairness in the protection and vindication of rights and the prevention and punishment of wrongs,” says the Charter. “Long before the United Nations, states were working towards a rule of justice in international life with a view to establishing an international community based on law.”

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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