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Botswana is Considering Overturning the Decision to Decriminalize Homosexuality

The Attorney General is challenging the court ruling citing that the presiding judges made an error of law.

Last month, Botswana's High Court ruled that sections 164 and 167 of the country's Penal Code were unconstitutional after they heard the case of a student with the advocacy group LEGABIBO admitted as a friend of the court. The colonial-era laws, which implicitly criminalize homosexuality, saw a person in contravention of them being sentenced to up to seven years in prison for "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature."


Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe is challenging the court's June 11th ruling after reading the judgement as he feels that the presiding Judges Tafa, Leburu and Dube did not arrive at the correct conclusion in terms of the law. Keetshabe said, "I have thoroughly read the 132-page-long judgment and I am of the view that the High Court erred in arriving at this conclusion," and went on to add that he would be appealing the decision at the Court of Appeal, according to the BBC.

What was a landmark ruling and victory for Botswana's LGBT community, especially after Kenya's High Court made the decision to maintain the criminal status of homosexuality in May, now seems to be in jeopardy once again. After coming to a unanimous decision, the presiding judges responded by saying that, "Sexual orientation is not a fashion statement. It's an important attribute of one's personality. All people are entitled to autonomy over their sexual expression."

Keetshabe has not yet revealed any further details about his intention to appeal the ruling.


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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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