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It is not criminal to be attracted to someone of the same sex – LEGAGIBO

Keletso Thobega

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The Botswana government should ascertain what the crime is about being sexually attracted to someone of the same sex. Lawyer Gosego Lekgowe noted this during arguments in a case in which advocacy group LEGAGIBO (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals in Botswana) with the support of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre is challenging Botswana laws on homosexuality.

Gaborone High Court one was packed to the rafters this morning as members of the gay community, media and curious members of the public converged to listen to arguments in the matter. Judges in the Bench were Abednego Tafa, Jennifer Dube and Michael Leburu.

Lekgowe further said that homosexuals cannot partake in carnal knowledge freely as it is said to be against the order of nature He said that ‘order of nature’ was referred to as ‘anal penetration. He also argued that this law was derived from the ancient Indian law (Section 377), which insists that sexual intercourse must result in conception. Lekgowe also argued that public opinion must not determine what the courts must decide, particularly in the decriminalisation case. “Public opinion on LGBT has softened and some laws have included sexual orientation as a ground for non-discrimination in employment as provided for in the Employment Act,” he said.

Lekgowe further noted that the right to dignity and privacy are rights that the Court must consider, as they are fundamental to the case. Meanwhile, Tshiamo Rantao also representing LEGAGIBO touched on how sexual orientation could be described. He referred the Court to the Rammonge case and the Yogyakarta Principles, saying that sexual orientation is purely a matter of feelings. He also argued that there is overwhelming research that there is widespread violence against LGBTI in Botswana. Rantao wondered whether there is public interest in private bedrooms, saying that the question should be what the law is doing in people’s bedrooms.

In May last year, a reportedly gay man only identified as ‘LM’ filed a petition with the High Court, arguing that the anti-homosexual laws in Botswana are unconstitutional. In his affidavit, he stated that he identifies as homosexual and had, over the years, come to accept that while he is male, he is also sexually attracted to men.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

Yvonne Mooka

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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