BREAKING: Botswana no longer recognizes Mr Yahya Jammeh [Press Release]

Following Mr. Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to hand over power to the President-elect Adama Barrow, in accordance with the expressed will of the Gambian people, the Government of Botswana announces that it will no longer recognize Mr. Jammeh as the President of Gambia, together with his Government.

 

This decision which takes effect immediately is consistent with Botswana’s position as articulated through the Press Release of 16th December 2016.

 

Mr. Jammeh’s decision not to respect the will of the Gambian people undermines the ongoing efforts to consolidate democracy and good governance in The Gambia and Africa as a whole. This is also in direct contravention of the spirit and aspirations of the African Union Constitutive Act.

 

The Government of Botswana therefore continues to appeal to the international community to do all within its power to exert pressure on Mr. Jammeh to hand over power in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Botswana To Deport Anti-gay US Pastor Steven Anderson

Botswana is to deport a controversial US pastor a week after he was barred from South Africa because of his critical remarks about homosexuality.

A government statement did not say why Steven Anderson had been declared a “prohibited immigrant”.

He was arrested after doing a radio interview in the capital, Gaborone.

Mr Anderson runs the Faithful Word Baptist Church, which says that homosexuality is an abomination punishable by the death penalty.

After his visa for South Africa was rejected last week, the preacher posted on his Facebook page: “Thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana.”

Homosexual acts are illegal in Botswana, as in many African countries.

Credit: BBC