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Authorities are mum about mass injuries of at least 18 youths at the hands of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers at the on-going bootcamp at Pandamatenga military base on Sunday last week.

Police in Pandamatenga have confirmed that they stumbled upon a scene of wounded members of the bootcamp but told The Monitor that the matter has not been officially reported to them.

A member of the public Allen Tshekedi who happened to be in Pandamatenga on Tuesday last week says he saw a group of heavily wounded men and women escorted by a soldier and a youth officer at the Pandamatenga clinic Tuesday morning. According to Tshekedi's narration, the group looked frightened to talk. Tshekedi who works for Botswana Network for People Living with HIV AIDS (BONEPWA), says when he asked the youth officer who had accompanied the group what had happened, she told him she was under instructions not to discuss it.

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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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