Withdraw the draconian bill!

Emergency Parliament meeting is expected to debate Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Controlled Investigations) Bill, 2022 for controlled investigations and an undercover operations framework including the handling of information by investigatory authorities.

Part of the Bill provides for an interception of communications framework, which authorises the interception of communications by investigatory authorities and sets out the role of service providers in controlled investigations for the gathering of criminal evidence.

As stated by various stakeholders, the piece of legislation is a sensitive one and as much as it is said to be enacted in order to satisfy international standards, Batswana should not be left out. President Mokgweetsi Masisi promised consultation in his administration. Why can’t the Bill be brought through normal procedures and be discussed with Batswana? As it stands, the proposed law will only be determined by the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members as they have the numbers in Parliament.

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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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