BONELA wants condoms in prisons after ruling

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The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) has asked the Botswana Prison Service commissioner, Colonel Silas Motlalekgosi to allow the distribution of condoms in jails, following the recent landmark ruling on gay sex. 

BONELA executive director, Cindy Kelemi said they had written to the commissioner, since the High Court decriminalised same sex conduct during a judgement handed down in Gaborone last month.

“For the longest time, the government has refused to provide condoms to prisoners on the basis that their mode of sexual encounter is criminalised, because the court has made a pronouncement, we engaged the commissioner to say we now want to provide condoms for prisoners,” Kelemi told Mmegi. Previously, the government shot down the proposal, arguing anal sex was unlawful. But Kelemi said the recent court judgement means prison inmates are allowed to engage in consensual same sex relations.

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