Africa’s democracies have grown stronger during a period in which the world is backsliding on democracy.
By placing less emphasis on public opinion, and questioning public morality as the basis of its decision, the latest High Court decision shows that times have indeed changed.
Botswana has decriminalised homosexuality. The country’s High Court overturned a colonial-era law which punished homosexual conduct by up to seven years in prison. The decriminalisation now places Botswana among a minority list of African countries where homosexuality is not punishable by law.
Botswana publicised as one of Africa’s most democratic nations outlawed homosexuality under the country’s penal code since 1965 until now. The country becomes the latest African country to decriminalise same sex sexual conduct.
A report by Elephants Without Borders show that the poaching of elephants in Botswana has increased sharply in recent times. This follows certain changes in policy by President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s administration.
Botswana has been an unparalleled elephant conservation success story. That seems to be changing.
A month after he came to power, Botswana’s Pres Mokgweetsi Masisi disarmed the anti-poaching unit. Recently, 87 elephants were found dead with their tusks removed close to a sanctuary in Botswana. A major crisis looms unless the government takes urgent steps.
Lucara Diamond has discovered a 327-carat diamond at its mine in Botswana, just two weeks after the discovery of a 472-carat diamond this month. The latest find is the ninth-largest discovery by the Canadian company greater than 100 carats unearthed at Karowe since the beginning of the year.
Botswana’s peaceful transition of power, economic and political stability has made it a beacon of hope on the continent, admired and envied by many. This week the country witnessed the swearing in of its fifth president, 55 year old Mokgweetsi Masisi who took over from Ian Khama.