Botswana: Boko Calls for Special Courts for GBV Cases

Gaborone — Mahalapye East legislator Mr Yandani Boko has called for the establishment of special courts to deal with cases related to Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Contributing to the ongoing debate on the approval of the mid-term review of the NDP11, Mr Boko said those who were experiencing gender violence were deprived of a dignified life.

He said there was need to establish special courts to efficiently and timely deal with GBV which was one of the prevalent forms of human rights violations.

He said the recent gender violence statistics were alarming and required urgent strengthening of policy and advocacy.

Mr Boko said the current arrangement of dealing with GBV cases was lengthy and thus delayed justice for gender violence victims.

He also called for the legal reforms saying harsh penalties should be put in place for perpetrators. Mr Boko advocated for more funding for all efforts geared towards rooting out gender violence.

He said it was important to encompass gender violence education into the school curriculum to equip young men with proper knowledge of the subject matter from a young age.

He pleaded with civil society and traditional leaders to join hands in the fight against this violence.

Last month Mr Boko tabled a motion in Parliament asking THE President to establish a commission of inquiry on GBV, rape and other sexual offences.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Mr Eric Molale called for its amendment saying instead of a commission, an inter-ministerial committee would be established.

For his part Kanye North MP, Mr Thapelo Letsholo said inadequate access to resources could exacerbated security issues.

Contributing to sectoral debates on governance, peace and security Mr Letsholo said high levels of unemployment could have a negative impact on the peace and security.

He advised government to guard against business monopoly of established chain stores.

Mr Letsholo said they should not be allowed to grow and sell some products as that was reserved for local enterprises.

He said Kanye, despite its sizeable population was still lagging behind in developments.

He said the village had a scenic landscape that should be utilised to generate income.

Source : BOPA

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