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Homosexuality is unAfrican – Adv Pilane

Keletso Thobega

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Homosexuality is unAfrican & still has no room in Botswana society Advocate Sidney Pilane this afternoon when arguing against the decriminalisation of Section 164 of the Constitution.

Pilane presented his arguments on behalf of Attorney General (AG) for the State. He said that homosexuality does not collerate with the traditional values of Batswana, adding that there was also no substantial evidence to indicate that Batswana’s views on homosexuality had softened in the past years and that they were more accepting of it, as argued by LEGAGIBO lawyer Gosego Lekgowe.

“There is no evidence that Batswana’s attitudes towards homosexuality have changed.There is also no evidence that gays have been discriminated against,” he said.He asked what was so important about ‘sex’ that homosexuals could not do it without upsetting the laws.He also stated that gays would still get HIV and not use condoms even if homosexuality was decriminalised, in reference to a Ministry of Health report that stipulated that gays did not receive access to open health care since homosexuality is illegal & not recognised.

Pilane wondered if there was room to change the law to accomodate all sorts of behaviour, rhetorically asking: “Should those who partake in beasility – (sleep with animals) also come here and want laws to be changed?”He said that government should be left to decide whether not to change the law based on societal values.Tshiamo Rantao, also representing LEGAGIBO shot down Pilane’s arguments & said that the attorney was not addressing traditional values and public views but was rather peddling his own personal views.

Rantao said that the AG had failed to prove the case that there is no evidence to repeal the law.Meanwhile, Lekgowe emphasised that there should be determination of whether Section 164 violates Constitutional provisions.
-Judgment in the matter is expected to be handed down on 11 June 2019.

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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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