Emerging state terrorism in Botswana

Botswana is experiencing a new surge of state terrorism. The intelligence community, through the aegis of the DIS is the main source of terror. This stands in contrast to the existence of similar establishment in the ‘disciplined forces’, vis-à-vis Botswana Defence Force and the Botswana Police Service writes TSHEPO T. GWATIWA


Incidents of public shootings stood at twelve by 2010. In prior years such incidents were rare and occasionally carried out against armed suspects following extensive intelligence exercises. This changed with the advent of the DIS. Shooting suspects and wanted criminals in public became conspicuous. Two of the cases were mistaken identities. A man suspected of stealing a mobile phone was shot in front of his family in Maun. The deceased turned out to have been preparing to leave for another city the next day. Another man on the police’s wanted list was shot in front of his father in Molepolole.

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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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