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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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Young African leaders debate and propose solutions to challenges facing Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/Asianet-Pakistan — More than 100 young African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 7 – 8 to identify solutions to tough challenges in communities throughout the region by tapping youth innovation and leadership. Young African leaders from 14 countries, including Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended the Southern Africa Regional Conference as part of the U.S. government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us Share…

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Human Rights OP-ED 

Attacks on human rights activists reach crisis point globally

 Community leaders, lawyers, journalists and other human rights defenders across the world are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned Amnesty International today as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice.   “What we are witnessing today is a full-frontal assault by governments, armed groups, corporations and others with power on the very right to defend human rights. Human rights defenders bear the brunt of this global attack,” said Salil Shetty, the Secretary General…

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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries including 10 in Southern Africa. It warns that punishment of dissenting views and politically-motivated attacks on peaceful protests and the right to freedom of expression are on the rise in countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   “From #FeesMustFall in South Africa, to #ThisFlag in Zimbabwe and the #UnemploymentMovement in Botswana; 2016 was a difficult year for human rights defenders and activists in the…

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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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