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POLITICAL ACTIVIST/ BMD YL PRESIDENT, OARABILE P. RAKGAMA WRITES...

“... government must take the warning and act accordingly not the chickening they're displaying. If the government would rather settle for arrogance, indifference and intimidate us by sending the police to cower us into accepting oppression, then the government is in for a rude awakening. We are saying to government take Resego's words as caution for this ticking time bomb is on the brink of explosion but if the government remains arrogant then it is high time they refurbish police holding cells and prisons dorms to increase their holding capacity because there is certainly more Resegos to deal with henceforth.”

POLITICAL ACTIVIST/ BMD YL PRESIDENT, OARABILE P. RAKGAMA WRITES...
*"Half measures are no good in this wildness anymore than a leaking boat is any good in an ocean. One needs certainty,a sense of security,something solid to hold on to in the dangerous void and it has to be absolutely solid." *Alan Moorhead*

The savage cases of GBV, which include among others rape of minor children and other forms of senseless violence occasioned mostly upon women and girl children, have now reached a boiling point. To say the nation needs to start a conversation on the GBV issues is an understatement and to put it mildly, an insult to any motswana with enough brains to piece together a sentence. We are long past the stage of talking about it. It is time for action, real action by all right thinking citizens we pinned our hopes on the judiciary but it is worse than the perpetrators.The judiciary continues to dish out laughable bails for perpetrators of this heinous acts as if they are freebies running out of fashion. It is not funny anymore.
It is as if the judiciary is mocking the victims.The judiciary like the Masisi led administration, in fact all the different BDP administrations before it have failed not only the victims of this barbaric acts but the nation at large.

The arrest of a campaigner against violence against women marked unquestionably a turning point in the struggle to end GBV in Botswana. The arrest of Resego Natalie Kgosidintsi should stand out prominently in the minds of Batswana, Africa and the world at large as the cruel example of Botswana government and judiciary's brutal barbarism towards women and children.
Within Botswana these heinous acts which form the darkest cloud in a long nightmare of brutal repression, oppression and violence on women and children have for the longest time been wished away and swept under the carpet. Infact by arresting a woman campaigner against GBV the government has raised its hand to be the number one supporter of the perpetrators of GBV.
The arrest of Resego tells a sad story.

A story of a government that for a long time has failed its most vulnerable groups.
A story of a failing legal system that remains indifferent to the problem bedeviling victims of the crime of gbv
The arrest of the activist is proof enough that all the " *Arms of government* ", *the JUDICIARY, EXECUTIVE and LEGISLATIVE* do not care about the citizens at all and would rather support perpetrators of crimes by arresting and silencing the voice of those bold enough to stand up to fight against these injustices.
The government is not alone in oppressing it's people for some among our once beloved nation have reduced themselves to puppets of the master, they claim to not be alive to the magnitude of the problem and continue to pour scorn on them and the recommendation is that they should pause for a minute and ask themselves one question, they should ask themselves "why has Botswana been ranked among the most unhappy nations?"

For a minute people should get off their high horses and face reality, people must stop acting holy and hiding behind their fingers and address the real issue, the real issue is inaction. Are we ready to stand up for ourselves, are we ready for action?

Resego's views aren't by any stretch of imagination far fetched, she stands to represent the anger that this nation is seething through. We are a nation going through a very intense but un expressed anger because of GBV and other social vices.
Instead of passing judgment on Resego's views and approach, we must introspect and really be honest to ourselves. We must be true to our feelings. Oftentimes we hear of how one would stop at nothing to a point where some even vouch to murder the perpetrator just to avenge their loved ones should they fall victim to GBV especially when talking of rape.Those we largely express in our private conversations, some through calls to radio programs, yet we have the audacity to criticize Resego for expressing the same feelings.
Botswana government and it's praise singers should look beyond the political lines and appreciate the toxic almost explosive state we are in as a nation instead of cowering activists into silence through state apparatuses like the DIS and President Masisi should grow balls of steel and tackle GBV head on.
The judiciary should seize further abuse of victims of GBV with the issuance of such laughable bails, our legislative house is filled to the brim with weak men who need to man up and grow some balls to at least be counted among men, parliament needs to grow balls of steel and take GBV head on.
It is high time we realise that the moment this GBV thing hits the ceiling we will be left in a mess of unspeakable proportion.
We at the BMD Youth League wish to remind the BDP Administration that oppressing activists to submission through arrests and intimidation is far from the solution to the GBV predicament we are in. Arrests do not address the problem but in fact make the already tense and volatile situation more electrified.
Government that oppresses their already down trodden citizens end up with more serious situations in their hands. *The Arab spring, the French revolution* and many others were a result of governments' ignorance when many people expressed their desperation and resentment towards regimes that imposed unjustified measures, like in Resego's case, yet failed to provide any relief to the citizens.

The continued harassment of citizens by state organs is not the answer but further aggravate the anger and resentment of the people.
The BDP Administration must stop hiding behind these nonsensical acts of intimidations and face the problem with a view of putting a stop to the pandemic of GBV. The gross incompetence and sheer arrogance displayed by the state in dealing with the GBV issues is surely stoking a rage that will most certainly be difficult to control should it break out into action.
This nonsense of consistently throwing empty promises of starting a conversation has long passed its sell by date. If the government has someone to arrest with regard to the GBV issues then they should start with the police in their dealings with victims of GBV, the police have an unspeakable record ,in fact the less said about their devilish engagement the better because they have a record of horrible deeds when handling GBV cases.The police are the worst among the worse for their insensitivity and stinking conduct when dealing with GBV Cases. We wish there could be an enactment of a specialized and fuly resourced institution mandated with the handling of GBV cases.The police must completely be barred from investigating this issue of GBV because their handling of such is in near criminal if not outright criminal.
The other one is the *human rights watch dog (DITSHWANELO)* we wonder what role do they play in our society,their role might as well be misconstrued to be that of activists campaigning for GBV perpetrators such as murderous to be set free from facing the consequences of breaking the law.This is so because their voice is seldom heard in campaigns against GBV and others that are of a human rights nature.
The BMD Youth League wishes to raise its voice in support of Resego's sentiments. We believe that she is raising a valid point in issuing a warning to the government about what their incompetence,arrogance and indifference towards GBV issues might lead to.The BDP Administration must have forgotten that the Segametsi Mogomotsi issue which is among the many unsolved GBV cases resulted in a chaotic state purely because the then administration of BDP still remain indifferent and arrogant.

We wish to acknowledge and recognize the boldness displayed by a young motswana woman, who displayed the willingness and character a lot of us would rather chicken away from.
The *"Half measures are no good in this wildness anymore than a leaking boat is any good in an ocean. One needs certainty,a sense of security,something solid to hold on to in the dangerous void and it has to be absolutely solid." *Alan Moorhead*
The savage cases of GBV, which include among others rape of minor children and other forms of senseless violence occasioned mostly upon women and girl children, have now reached a boiling point. To say the nation needs to start a conversation on the GBV issues is an understatement and to put it mildly, an insult to any motswana with enough brains to piece together a sentence. We are long past the stage of talking about it. It is time for action, real action by all right thinking citizens we pinned our hopes on the judiciary but it is worse than the perpetrators.The judiciary continues to dish out laughable bails for perpetrators of this heinous acts as if they are freebies running out of fashion. It is not funny anymore.
It is as if the judiciary is mocking the victims.The judiciary like the Masisi led administration, in fact all the different BDP administrations before it have failed not only the victims of this barbaric acts but the nation at large.
The arrest of a campaigner against violence against women marked unquestionably a turning point in the struggle to end GBV in Botswana. The arrest of Resego Natalie Kgosidintsi should stand out prominently in the minds of Batswana, Africa and the world at large as the cruel example of Botswana government and judiciary's brutal barbarism towards women and children.
Within Botswana these heinous acts which form the darkest cloud in a long nightmare of brutal repression, oppression and violence on women and children have for the longest time been wished away and swept under the carpet. Infact by arresting a woman campaigner against GBV the government has raised its hand to be the number one supporter of the perpetrators of GBV.
The arrest of Resego tells a sad story.
A story of a government that for a long time has failed its most vulnerable groups.

A story of a failing legal system that remains indifferent to the problem bedeviling victims of the crime of gbv
The arrest of the activist is proof enough that all the " *Arms of government* ", *the JUDICIARY, EXECUTIVE and LEGISLATIVE* do not care about the citizens at all and would rather support perpetrators of crimes by arresting and silencing the voice of those bold enough to stand up to fight against these injustices.
The government is not alone in oppressing it's people for some among our once beloved nation have reduced themselves to puppets of the master, they claim to not be alive to the magnitude of the problem and continue to pour scorn on them and the recommendation is that they should pause for a minute and ask themselves one question, they should ask themselves "why has Botswana been ranked among the most unhappy nations?"
For a minute people should get off their high horses and face reality, people must stop acting holy and hiding behind their fingers and address the real issue, the real issue is inaction. Are we ready to stand up for ourselves, are we ready for action?
Resego's views aren't by any stretch of imagination far fetched, she stands to represent the anger that this nation is seething through. We are a nation going through a very intense but un expressed anger because of GBV and other social vices.
Instead of passing judgment on Resego's views and approach, we must introspect and really be honest to ourselves. We must be true to our feelings. Oftentimes we hear of how one would stop at nothing to a point where some even vouch to murder the perpetrator just to avenge their loved ones should they fall victim to GBV especially when talking of rape.Those we largely express in our private conversations, some through calls to radio programs, yet we have the audacity to criticize Resego for expressing the same feelings.
Botswana government and it's praise singers should look beyond the political lines and appreciate the toxic almost explosive state we are in as a nation instead of cowering activists into silence through state apparatuses like the DIS and President Masisi should grow balls of steel and tackle GBV head on.
The judiciary should seize further abuse of victims of GBV with the issuance of such laughable bails, our legislative house is filled to the brim with weak men who need to man up and grow some balls to at least be counted among men, parliament needs to grow balls of steel and take GBV head on.
It is high time we realise that the moment this GBV thing hits the ceiling we will be left in a mess of unspeakable proportion.
We at the BMD Youth League wish to remind the BDP Administration that oppressing activists to submission through arrests and intimidation is far from the solution to the GBV predicament we are in. Arrests do not address the problem but in fact make the already tense and volatile situation more electrified.
Government that oppresses their already down trodden citizens end up with more serious situations in their hands. *The Arab spring, the French revolution* and many others were a result of governments' ignorance when many people expressed their desperation and resentment towards regimes that imposed unjustified measures, like in Resego's case, yet failed to provide any relief to the citizens.

The continued harassment of citizens by state organs is not the answer but further aggravate the anger and resentment of the people.
The BDP Administration must stop hiding behind these nonsensical acts of intimidations and face the problem with a view of putting a stop to the pandemic of GBV. The gross incompetence and sheer arrogance displayed by the state in dealing with the GBV issues is surely stoking a rage that will most certainly be difficult to control should it break out into action.
This nonsense of consistently throwing empty promises of starting a conversation has long passed its sell by date. If the government has someone to arrest with regard to the GBV issues then they should start with the police in their dealings with victims of GBV, the police have an unspeakable record ,in fact the less said about their devilish engagement the better because they have a record of horrible deeds when handling GBV cases.The police are the worst among the worse for their insensitivity and stinking conduct when dealing with GBV Cases. We wish there could be an enactment of a specialized and fuly resourced institution mandated with the handling of GBV cases.The police must completely be barred from investigating this issue of GBV because their handling of such is in near criminal if not outright criminal.

The other one is the *human rights watch dog (DITSHWANELO)* we wonder what role do they play in our society,their role might as well be misconstrued to be that of activists campaigning for GBV perpetrators such as murderous to be set free from facing the consequences of breaking the law.This is so because their voice is seldom heard in campaigns against GBV and others that are of a human rights nature.

The BMD Youth League wishes to raise its voice in support of Resego's sentiments. We believe that she is raising a valid point in issuing a warning to the government about what their incompetence,arrogance and indifference towards GBV issues might lead to.The BDP Administration must have forgotten that the Segametsi Mogomotsi issue which is among the many unsolved GBV cases resulted in a chaotic state purely because the then administration of BDP still remain indifferent and arrogant.

We wish to acknowledge and recognize the boldness displayed by a young motswana woman, who displayed the willingness and character a lot of us would rather chicken away from.
The government must take the warning and act accordingly not the chickening they're displaying. If the government would rather settle for arrogance, indifference and intimidate us by sending the police to cower us into accepting oppression, then the government is in for a rude awakening. We are saying to government take Resego's words as caution for this ticking time bomb is on the brink of explosion but if the government remains arrogant then it is high time they refurbish police holding cells and prisons dorms to increase their holding capacity because there is certainly more Resegos to deal with henceforth.
*BMD YL PRESIDENT*
Ms Oarabile P. Rakgama.
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