Monday, September 28, 2020

BCP wants Minister’s rape allegations fully investigated

The Botswana Congress Party, BCP, says it wants the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) to prosecute the minister who allegedly attempted to rape a senior government official during an official trip.

“Allegations of rape concerning a minister are matters of national importance,” said a press statement, issued by BCP Executive Secretary, Mr. Kagiso Tshwene. “The public has the right to know whether it is true or not and if such allegations have been reported.”

Tshwene said it would be very disappointing if no action is taken to clear the matter.
“It is further disappointing for the victim to have been transferred as a way to cover up.”

As BCP, he said, they are not trying to politicize the whole issue but stated that this issue is very sensitive and needs urgent attention.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, the secretary general of the Botswana Democratic Party, Women’s Wing, Keneilwe Mathangwane, said, “We have not yet received any such complaint.”
Mathangwane added, “I do not want to be dragged into the issue because, as I told you before, I am not aware of such a case and the Women’s Wing has never discussed any rape issues either in our workshops or congresses.”

The Sunday Standard broke the story two weeks ago but the police have not yet given any concrete explanation why the case has not been investigated or whether they are investigating such a case at all.

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