BCP will not stand by UB rape suspect

BCP will not stand by UB rape suspect BCP President Dumelang Saleshando warns
BCP will not stand by UB rape suspect BCP President Dumelang Saleshando warns

With allegations that a key political figure in an opposition party and also a University of Botswana (UB) senior lecturer is involved in a rape incident, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leader Dumelang Saleshando says the party will renounce the alleged culprit if the latter turns out to be one of their members.

UB today confirmed that indeed the police are investigating a rape case involving its senior lecturer and 18-year-old female student. The institution of higher learning however, did not disclose the name of the lecturer. Earlier today, Mmegi Online broke the story that the police had arrested a senior lecturer suspected to have raped the student at the UB premises.

Responding to a question posed by a journalist during a press conference today, Saleshando said he has heard the news but has no idea who it is. “Rape is a big and serious issue for Botswana. Anyone accused and convicted is setting the country back. Ultimately, our side is on the weak and defenceless. For now it's too early, let's allow the police to investigate," Saleshando said.

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