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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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Again, Gorilla Swallows N6.8m in Kano Zoo.

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Another trending but shocking story is the claim that a big Gorilla swallowed N6.8 million in the Kano Zoological Gardens during Sallah celebration. 

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According to reports in the media, the Chief Revenue Officer for the zoo, when approached, said on Wednesday, that the said money, approximately six million, eight hundred and twenty thousand naira, was money realised as gate fee from fun-seekers who had visited the zoo during Sallah celebration  to watch the animals.

A local radio station in the state, Freedom Radio had reported on Thursday that one of the finance officers it spoke with had said that one huge Gorilla sneaked into their office and carried the money and ran away, where it went and allegedly swallowed the close to seven million naira.

Also, when asked, the Managing Director of the zoo, Kashekobo, confirmed the development to newsmen but, however, said that he had nothing more to say about it other than that the matter was under investigation.

 ” the issue is under investigations for now and I don’t want to say anything concerning the matter. Many journalists have met me on the issue but I don’t want to say anything. All I can say is that the money got missing.” 

Also, confirming the report, the Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, said the matter was under investigation.

It would be recalled that in February 2018, one Philomina Chieshe, a sales clerk with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Benue state, had claimed that a huge snake swallowed N36m, which the board made from sale of scratch card.


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Uganda: 80-year-old Man Mobbed Over Rape.

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80-year-old David Aporu from Kotoluk village in Kidongole Sub County in the eastern district of Bukedea was reportedly stoned to death for defiling a two-year-old girl. 

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Aporu was killed on Thursday morning by a mob after accusing him of being a serial defile, and the latest was done while her parents were in the farm.

In an interview with newsmen, the area LCIII chairperson, Mr Samuel Okurut said though Aporu had become a problem to locals for his continuous offences (defilement), but condemned the Mob’s act.

“I don’t support defilement but what happened is bad. They (mob) should have left justice to take its course by taking him to police. What the mob did was bad.” 

Mr Okurut said upon return from the fields, the girl’s parents found her crying and bleeding profusely from her private parts.

“When her mother tried to ask what had happened, the girl just pointed at Aporu before she made an alarm that attracted other people. In the past, police arrested Aporu more than thrice on defilement charges but would release him under unclear circumstances,” he added.

His body was taken to Bukedea Health Centre IV mortuary for postmortem before it’s given to relatives for burial.
Mr Ezra Tugume, DPC Bukedea condemned the act, accusing the community of taking the law into their hands.

“We have launched a manhunt of all those who participated in the mob justice. They will be taken to court to answer murder charges,” he added.


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