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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Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day holds immense significance for Batswana as a whole. It offers a moment for reflection and celebration of the country's achievements, while also prompting introspection.We must honestly assess whether the number of years of independence aligns with the progress we have made. While there is certainly much to celebrate, there are also pressing issues that require the attention of relevant stakeholders. Many Batswana are facing...

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