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LEGABIBO responds to AG’s appeal

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UNFAZED: Bradley Fortuin

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) are not fazed by the Attorney General Advocate Abraham Keetshabe’s recent announcement that they are appealing the decriminalisation of same sex relations ruling.

In his statement that had attracted the applause of many Batswana on social media, Facebook, Keetshabe says that the High Court erred in arriving at its conclusion that homosexuality should be decriminalised.

LEGABIBO communication and documentation officer Bradley Fortuin tells The Midweek Sun that they have not yet received any official notice of appeal from the AG, explaining that they also saw it on social media.

He however says they could see the appeal coming. “AG always appeals our cases, hence it does not come as a surprise to us. But again, everyone has the right to appeal including government,” he says. Fortuin expresses disappointment in that the appeal highlights how the AG still wants homophobic laws in place and not advocate for an inclusive Botswana. He also says Batswana should not be moved as homosexuals are still very much protected by the decriminatisation Law.

“We are still free to express love to whoever we want, and to receive proper services from the police and health workers,” he states. Fortuin is optinistic that the courts will favour them, saying Botswana has a progressive judicial system. “Looking at our past cases, such as registration of LEGABIBO, amendment of the Employment Act, among others, we have faith in our judiciary system,” he says.

Meanwhile, LEGABIBO has since last week been meeting with support groups, among them parents of LGBTI persons, traditional leaders, on the decriminalisation ruling. LEGABIBO has over 50 subscribed members and works with over 400 LGBTIQ persons. It also has close to 30 parents, families and friends of LGBTIQ support group members in Mochudi and Francistown.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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