Let’s stand against the menace of ‘CAT’

The alarming rise of methcathinone, commonly known as Cat, in our communities demands urgent and concerted action from all stakeholders. This potent drug has swiftly become one of Botswana’s fastest-growing industries, infiltrating every corner of the country and preying on people of all ages, particularly the youth. It’s a menace that cannot be ignored any longer.

Methcathinone’s addictive grip is tightening, and its consequences are devastating. Lives are being ruined, families torn apart, and futures dashed by its destructive power. The drug’s allure knows no bounds, with various methods of ingestion making it accessible to users of all preferences.

Whether it’s snorted, smoked, injected, or taken orally, the outcome is the same: a path of ruin and despair. It is time for action. The government, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Botswana Police Service, parents, educators, and the wider community must come together to combat this epidemic. First and foremost, the government must enact stringent laws and allocate resources to tackle the production, distribution, and sale of methcathinone. We need robust legislation that targets both suppliers and users, with severe penalties for those who profit from others’ suffering.

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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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