Russia debate turns KP’s Gaborone meeting into an all-nighter

The day after: KP delegates toured Jwaneng Mine the morning after they pulled an all-nighter at the GICC PIC: DEBSWANA FACEBOOK
The day after: KP delegates toured Jwaneng Mine the morning after they pulled an all-nighter at the GICC PIC: DEBSWANA FACEBOOK

The final day of the Kimberley Process’ plenary held in Gaborone last week, ran all through the night until 0500hrs on Saturday, as delegates clashed over how to express the organisation’s opinion on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

By early morning this past Saturday, the scores of Kimberley Process delegates still holed up at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) would have been in disbelief at how impossible it can become to agree on a few lines of text.

Russia’s invasion in February of fellow Kimberley Process member, Ukraine, has divided the global anti-conflict diamonds organisation. The United States and its allies have repeatedly pushed for censure against Russia at the Kimberley Process, which would effectively place a global blacklist on Moscow. In response, Russia and those in its corner have accused their opponents of bringing non-Kimberley Process issues into the Kimberley Process and using every available platform to “politic”.

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Are police trigger-happy?

Unfortunately, that day turned sour for those who were shopping at Sefalana Cash and Carry in Gaborone West Industrial.The exchange of fire that ensued between members of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) and robbers who had allegedly robbed a G4S cash-in-transit vehicle left two civilians dead, three robbers struck down, and an undisclosed number of citizens wounded.One deceased civilian is reportedly an employee of the Citizen Entrepreneurial...

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