popular
Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images

Polling Stations Have Officially Opened in Botswana

At least 1.2 million Batswana people will be casting their votes today in a highly contested election.

At least 2000 polling stations have officially opened as of this morning in Botswana, according to EWN. Yesterday, the Botswana Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced that it anticipates 1.2 million people casting their votes for both national parliament and local government councils. All results are expected to be in by Friday in what has been described as one of the most highly contested election in years.


Four political parties have dominated Botswana's election campaigns. The BBC reports that three of the opposition parties have all united as a coalition government under one party termed the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). While the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has been in power since the country obtained it's independence from the British back in 2016, it is believed that it stands a real chance of losing this year's election.

Recently, the country's former president, Ian Khama, took a swipe at his successor Mokgweetsi Masisi. Khama has been embroiled in a bitter feud with Masisi following certain policy changes and has reportedly accused him of undermining Botswana's democracy as a result. Speaking to the Financial Times in Gabarone, Khama said that “Our whole reputation is being undermined locally and internationally. Our democracy is now in decline." He added that, "We won't be the example that we have been for so many years. All that will be eroded." Khama even went as far as saying that he hopes that the BDP loses the election. The former head of state left the BDP and went on to join the newly-formed Botswana Progressive Front (BPF) a few months ago, according to City Press.

While the potential victory of the UDC may represent a strengthening of the country's democratic processes, there are concerns that the UDC's manifesto contains “too many populist promises" with regards to creating employment and increasing both the minimum wage and pensions.

popular
John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

This Official is on Trial for His Alleged Role in the Rwandan Genocide

71-year-old Fabien Neretse has been charged with 13 murders which took place between April and July of 1994.

Seventy-one-year-old Fabien Neretse, a former senior Rwandan official, appeared in a Brussels court in Belgium yesterday. He is currently on trial for his alleged involvement in 13 murders which occurred during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. According to News24, this is the first time a Belgian case has explicitly charged Neretse with genocide.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Stringer/AFP via Getty Images

The Army Has Been Deployed in Ethiopia Amid Deadly Protests

Reports indicate that at least 67 protesters have been killed and dozens others injured in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region.

Last week, hundreds of Ethiopians in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region took to the streets to protest against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The protests were in response to prominent opposition activist and media owner Jawar Mohammed having announced that the government had removed the security guards assigned to him following his return from exile last year. Supporters of Mohammed showed up outside his house the following morning to show their support for him. However, they later clashed with supporters of the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner and security forces had to subsequently intervene. Army troops are reportedly now being deployed to the Oromia region to calm the unrest.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Photo by Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The Ndlovu Youth Choir Wins the Hollywood Music in Media Award

South Africa's favorite choir continues on its winning streak.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir continues to fly the South African flag high. Recently, the choir was awarded the Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category of "Best Independent Music Video" alongside Grammy award-winning South African flautist, Wouter Kellerman, for their Zulu rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You".

Keep reading... Show less
News Brief

Watch Ami Faku and Sun-El Musician’s Music Video for ‘Into Ingawe’

Ami Faku and Sun-El Musician share the visuals for their hit single 'Into Ingawe.'

Rising South African singer Ami Faku collaborated with the house music producer Sun-El Musician for "Into Ingawe" which was released in June. The song became an instant hit on radio and the internet.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.