BDF should plan better next year

We love our military, those men and women in camouflage who do a great job of keeping this country safe from hostiles.

That is why tens of thousands always turn up for the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Day. But this weekend, something wrong happened as we celebrated our military’s existence and the selfless work of our soldiers. There was a stampede. As early as 3am, people from the little ones to the old had started converging on the National Stadium. By 6am, the stands were full. Yet people continued pushing, trying to go in. 

At face value, the large crowd, of mostly children and young adults would be understood to be a sign of popularity of the day – and it is. However failure by the BDF to have an effective crowd control strategy could have resulted in death. Mercifully it was minor injuries, and the injured have since been discharged from hospital. It could have been worse.

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‘Boraboko’ should face the wrath of the law

Still in Molepolole, a young woman was also reported missing, only for her decapitated body to be found inside in a shallow grave! The issue of missing persons has always been a challenge in our country, and a considerable number of missing persons are unfortunately found dead! Something troubling is the murders related to missing persons, which touch on an array of issues, including the killing of intimate partners, often referred to as passion...

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