Botswana Inmate Advocates for Gay Rights Before Members of Parliament

Published: February 10, 2011

In Botswana, an inmate addressed members of parliament at a meeting organised by the Botswana Network on Ethics Law and AIDS (BONELA) and the Parliament AIDS Committee. The inmate said it was high time gays were accepted in society and that condoms were available in prisons. The Deputy Speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, Mr. Pono Moatlhodi, replied that "if he had power, he would have those who practise homosexuality killed." He defended his statements today in the Associated Press.

The Botswana Gazette reports:

    He wants homosexuals killed

    The Deputy Speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, Mr. Pono Moatlhodi, shocked many people at a recent meeting organised by the Botswana Network on Ethics Law and AIDS (BONELA) and the Parliament AIDS Committee who were trying to find ways of making condoms available in prisons and to lobby MP’s to advocate for condoms to be issued to prisoners to curb the spread of the HIV virus..

    The BONELA team argued that homosexuality in prisons was a fact that could not be denied. Gaborone Central MP, Mr. Dumelang Saleshando, said AIDS was rife in prisons therefore inmates should be provided with condoms.

    But Moatlhodi, MP for Tonota North said no way would he support the idea; if he had power, he would have those who practice homosexuality killed.

    “On this point I would agree with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who once described that behaviour as that of western dogs; I don’t like those gay people and will never tolerate them. They are demonic and evil,” he said.

    “When there are so many women in this country, why would anyone choose to have sex with another man?  The Bible does not agree with such a thing and therefore it is evil; if we give prisoners condoms, are we are now saying they are free?”

    Moatlhodi said inmates should learn that by having chosen to break the law they were imprisoned and thus were responsible for starving themselves of sex.

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