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Botswana Legalizes Homosexuality

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High Court judges in Botswana have voted unanimously in favour of scrapping laws criminalising gay sex.

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In a landmark victory for African LGBT+ rights campaigners, the High Court in Botswana announced its decision to scrap laws criminalising gay sex, changing Section 164 of Botswana’s penal code, which punishes anal and oral sex by up to seven years in prison, anti-gay laws that have been in place since 1965

“Any discrimination against a member of society is discrimination against all.”

Judge Lebaru, reading out the judgment, said, “A democratic nation is one that embraces tolerance, diversity, and open mindedness… societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity.”

Levaru added that is is “not in the public interest” to criminalise same-sex sexual conduct. “What compelling public interest is there necessitating such a law?” he said.

 “Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalised,”

The challenge to the country’s penal code was made by an anonymous gay man, who is known only by the initials LM. In a written statement he told the High Court in March that “[The laws] limit me to interact with others who identify in the same way for fear of imprisonment.”

It’s a particularly significant decision after The High Court of Kenya ruled not to decriminalise gay sex on March 24.

The fact that Botswana has instead chosen to follow in the footsteps of its neighbour country Angola, which ruled to decriminalise on January 23, will be seen as a substantial victory for LGBT+ rights campaigners.


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WHO accused Tanzania of hiding information on Ebola victims

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Ebola virus has cause major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in Africa.

The number of cases has began to decline gradually, following the commitment of substantial international resources.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has rebuked Tanzania for failing to provide information about possible Ebola virus infections.

The WHO said it had learned of one suspected fatal case in Dar es Salaam and two others but, despite repeated requests, was given no information

Tanzania has said it has no suspected or confirmed cases.

The latest outbreak has killed more than 2,000 in eastern DR Congo, with Uganda battling to stop any spread.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

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