The fruits of the media’s watchdog role

Last week, government finally went soft on the Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Controlled Investigation) Bill of 2022, by amending some sections which received resentment from some quarters of the nation.

The larger part of the Bill that caused commotion referred to interception of communication and forced disclosure of information for the prying eyes of the State intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Firstly, there were qualms with the certificate of urgency under which the Bill was debated in Parliament. The situation meant that it will be expedited and not get enough scrutiny and interrogation from the public. Secondly, the public had issues with the provisions of the Bill that allowed the State to pry on them. This caused furore amongst Batswana.

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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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