Difference is the essence of democracy

In a democratic society, respect for individuals and their right to make their own choices is a key element. Tolerance of differences and opposing ideas, equity valuing all people and allowing for free expression of one’s opinion as long as it does not harm anyone is equally important for attaining a democratic society.

In the absence of all these, including the enjoyment of one’s human rights, then that cannot be described as a democratic environment. For a long time, Botswana has been a beacon of good democratic society. Tolerance of differences and opposing ideas was the order of life.

However, that seems to have changed lately. There is a growing tendency by government to rebut every newspaper article on government or President Mokgweetsi Masisi. Through the new arrangement, the Acting Permanent Secretary Government Communications, John-Thomas Dipowe’s duty has been reduced to just penning rebuttals.

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Shame on the Police!

According to a press statement from the police, unidentified armed men attacked on duty police officers at the station in the early hours of Tuesday.During the attack, the suspects stole 14 riffles, five pistols and an undisclosed number of ammunition.Although unconfirmed, it is alleged that the suspects were just carrying knives and axes, which they used to scare the men and women in uniform before they took them hostage to help themselves to...

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