Former President Festus Mogae has come out openly to condemn the love related murders, or passion killings, that he terms as hatred killings, and says he is disappointed by judges, police and women over the killings.
Botswana experienced a spate of passion killings during Mogae’s tenure.
During the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security, Mogae stated that he was worried about the recent domestic violence against women, adding that he was mostly disappointed by the leniency by judges and police when handling such cases. He urged people to desist from referring to the crimes as passion killings and suggested rather calling them “hatred killings”.
“There is no passion in these heinous crimes. You can’t refer to these crimes as passion killings when they use knives to slay women,” he declared. “This is hatred killing.”
When contacted, his Private Secretary, Segaetsho Garekwe, explained that Mogae was not condemning the judges, police and women but was just explaining his disappointment.
Garekwe indicated that Mogae was only concerned about leniency among the judges when passing their judgements, saying that the judges should pass judgments aimed at curtailing the crimes.
Garekwe also stated that Mogae was also worried that such cases take a long time while being investigated.
He said that the former president was disappointed by women who were not taking steps to lead the fight against this heinous crime.
“He is just concerned that women organizations are quiet about these crimes,” said Garekwe. “He wants a war against the crimes as happened with HIV/AIDs.”
He added that Mogae would support anyone who spearheads a campaign against such crimes.
According to Botswana Police Service statistics, 747 people were murdered by those who claimed to love them since 2003. The statistics show that females account for the largest number of victims ÔÇô 689, compared to men’s 57. However, the figures could be high since the police statistics were released last year in May.