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Botswana’s Masisi sworn in for second term after poll victory

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Friday was sworn in for a second five-year term after his electoral victory last month. Masisi’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won 67% of parliamentary seats in the October election. The election was seen as a major test for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) which has been in power for the past five decades. Coming into the election, incumbent President Mokgweetsi Masisi could not secure the support of his predecessor, Ian Khama. Botswana is one of southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nations but still has…

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Why Botswana is ancestral homeland of all humans alive

Modern-day Botswana has been settled on as the ancestral homeland of all humans alive today, according to a team of researchers. In a new study published in the journal Nature, scientists said they analysed mitochondrial DNA – genetic information that gets passed down the female line – from more than 1,200 people across myriad populations in Africa. The researchers said in the study that “Anatomically modern humans originated in Africa around 200 thousand years ago.” Their findings further stated that “Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African…

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Botswana: President Masisi wins second term in office

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has been declared winner of the this month’s general election. BDP secured 29 national assembly seats, representing 51% of the vote, according to the chief justice who announced the results on Friday. The main opposition, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), secured 13 seats. The Botswana Patriotic Front won three and the Alliance for Progressive only one. 73% of the voting districts have been counted so far with some still left to be covered. Since his ruling party secured majority of seats in the…

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Botswana: Voting begins in crucial general election

Polls have opened in Botswana on Wednesday as citizens vote in a crucial general election. Voting started at 6:30 a.m, local time (0430 GMT) and close at 7 p.m local time. The election is seen as a major test for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) which has been in power for the past five decades. Botswana is one of southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nations but still has a major task of transforming its economy further. More than 900,000 registered voters are participating in the election to choose…

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Botswana University offers students course on Brexit

Botswana’s top university is offering its students an elective course on the UK’s plans to leave the European Union. The term Brexit has been associated with the UK’s move to leave Europe and students of the University of Botswana will learn about this. The course has been structured by the history department of the university to enable students understand the crisis. It will be called ‘Modern Britain’ with students getting the chance to “study the crisis” as it happens, according to a notice from the university. But students will not…

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Botswana: Africa’s Best Safari Country 2018

November 14, 2018: SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safari tours, conducted an exhaustive investigation to find the winner of the best African safari country title. After examining more than 3,000 reviews that were compiled by both safari-goers and African travel experts, Botswana was declared the overall winner. The results of this analysis left no doubt of Botswana’s number one standing for safari travel. And given the unique, wandering wetlands of the Okavango Delta, the iconic sights and sounds of the desert in the Kalahari, and attractions such as some of…

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Court orders Botswana government to provide HIV treatment to non-citizen prisoners

HIV MedicinesGaborone, 18 March – In another important legal victory for human rights in Botswana, the High Court in Gaborone yesterday ordered the government to provide HIV treatment to all non-citizen prisoners. 

Prior to the court order, the government supplied non-citizen prisoners with treatment for opportunistic infections but not for HIV – leading to a significant deterioration in their health. Non-citizen prisoners were expected to pay for HIV treatment themselves. 

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Victory for women’s rights in southern Africa as Botswana Court of Appeal finds women can inherit under customary law

 GABORONE – The fight for women’s rights in Botswana took a major step forward today when the Court of Appeal in Ramantele v Mmusi and Others upheld the right of four sisters to inherit their family homestead, rejecting the argument that under Ngwaketse customary law only sons were allowed to inherit it.

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Huge Boost for Women’s Rights in Botswana as high court strikes down discriminatory customary law

Women Rights ImageGABORONE – The Botswana High Court today provided a huge boost to the struggle for gender equality in Botswana by striking down a discriminatory customary law that only allowed men to inherit the family home.

The High Court ruled that the customary law discriminated against women and so was unconstitutional. Critically, the Court made it clear that discrimination cannot be justified by culture before rejecting the argument put forward by the Attorney General that Botswana society was not ready for equality.

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