Botswana lacks leadership and policy direction to stop the spread of Coronavirus, argues Joel Konopo
“Our food has long finished. I have no money and I am contemplating to go back like others, because I will die of hunger here,” said one refugee.
By Calistus Bosaletswe
While the world is preoccupied with fighting Covid-19, this year nine Batswana have tragically died from Malaria in the past few months, raising fears the situation might spiral out of control.
The glitter of Botswana’s “shining example of democracy” is fading as the country of 2.3 million people slowly slides towards authoritarianism.
Like the elderly and those with weak immune systems, the newspapers are vulnerable to Covid-19, argues NTIBINYANE NTIBINYANE.
A leaked document in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism shows that some officers are deeply concerned about possible escalation in poaching if Botswana Defence Force (BDF) troops deployed in anti-poaching are withdrawn from national parks in the Okavango Delta and transferred to support Covid-19 restrictions.
Botswana is placing its entire cabinet and members of parliament in quarantine after a health worker screening lawmakers for coronavirus was found to be infected with Covid-19.
Parliament is expected to vote in a crucial decision on whether to extend President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s emergency powers to last for a period of six months.
Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, placing the country on lockdown for 28 days from April 2.
By SOLOMON TJINYEKA
On a normal day, Maun International Airport, a gateway to the iconic Okavango Delta, sees hundreds of passengers, but this has changed in the past few weeks. The airport is almost deserted with only few tourists, suggesting that the Coronavirus known also as Covid-19 may be taking a bite out of the tourism sector.