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Pro-capital punishment sentiments popular in Botswana

Despite repeated calls from international organisations such as United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), Botswana has this week passed capital punishment on two offenders amid positive sentiments from the citizenry.

The death penalty was passed on Wedu Mosalagae and Kutlo Setima earlier week at Gaborone Central prison.

The duo lost their appeal at the High Court of Appeal on the 5th August 2020. Mosalagae was committed to death by Francistown High Court on the 8th August 2019, for the murder of Barobi Rampape on the 24th November 2012 at Nkoshe Ward in Letlhakane while Setima was committed to death by the High Court of Botswana at Lobatse 24th May 2019 for the murder of Tsone Kosi of Kgaphamadi ward in Ghanzi.

Botswanas constitution provides for the death penalty under section 4(1) which states that, No person shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of an offence under the law in force in Botswana of which he has been convicted. In the same breath, section 202 of the Botswana Penal Code, which enforces the death penalty, states that, any person who of malice aforethought causes the death of another person by an unlawful copyright Government of Botswana act or omission is guilty of murder.

The Penal Code specifies that a person who is sentenced to death will be hanged by the neck until dead. Still in the Penal Code, section 203 states that subject to the provisions of subsection (2), any person convicted of murder shall be sentenced to death.

It continues that where a court in convicting a person of murder is of the opinion that there are extenuating circumstances, the court may impose any sentence other than death. (3) In deciding whether or not there are any extenuating circumstances the court shall take into consideration the standards of behaviour of an ordinary person of the class of the community to which the convicted person belongs.

Earlier this week after the execution of Mosalagae and Setima, UN in Botswana urged the government of Botswana to stop the use of capital punishment and impose an immediate moratorium on executions with a view to its abolition.

According to a statement from UN, last year 123 states voted in favour of the General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

As a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Human Rights Committee recommended that Botswana should move towards the abolition of the death penalty in accordance with article 6 of the Covenant.

During Botswanas Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2018, recommendations were made urging Botswana to abolish the death penalty including taking active steps to ensure that public consultations on the abolition of the death penalty are held.

The best deterrents for serious crimes lie in ensuring respect for the rule of law and due process; ensuring that there is no impunity, irrespective of who commits a crime and that those suspected of such crimes are promptly and properly investigated and prosecuted; and ensuring that the authorities engage closely with the communities affected by the crime, reads a statement from UN

Meanwhile three Court of Appeal Judges; Justice Dambe, Justice Walia and Justice Makhwade have dismissed an appeal for Phemelo Botogeleng after he was sentenced to capital punishment by Francistown High Court after he was convicted on two counts of murder.

Botogeleng, on the 5th May 2011, murdered his girlfriend (Annah Simon) and (Atang Simon) his child. When delivering the ruling the three judges agreed that at the time of her demise, Atang was an innocent child of 2 years who had done no wrong. Atang was killed in the cruellest manner possible by her father, slashing the babys stomach exposing her intestines. These factors were rightly considered as aggravation.

The fact that Botogeleng killed Atang Simon immediately after killing Annah Simon cannot be perceived as conduct that lacks pre-mediation affecting the moral blameworthiness of Botogeleng.

This week WeekendPost, conducted interviews with random members of the society to hear their view on capital punishment, with overwhelming majority speaking in favour.

One man who asked to remain anonymous opined that; if someone killed another person with deliberate intentions such person deserves to be hanged but if it wasnt deliberate the state should be remorseful on that particular person as sometimes mistakes are bound to happen.

I strongly support capital punishment, because it is inhumane to kill another human being. If you murder that person, you tend to destroy so many circumstances. You will find out that the person who you have murdered might be a breadwinner for his/her family hence that leaves his or her family in poverty, he shared with this publication.

A woman further said she strongly supports capital punishment, going further to explain that murderers tend to take the matter lightly knowing that in two weeks time they will be released on bail.

No one has the right to kill another person regardless of the circumstances, if you have some issues with someone seek professional help.



6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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