Botswana group marches on with LGBTI advocacy despite lack of state recognition

Despite a lack of recognition by the government the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo) continues with its advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTI community in that country.

Last week on December 3 LeGaBiBo hosted a social gathering for LGBTI community in Gaborone’s Block 5 neighbourhood.

The social gathering was held just two days after the commemoration of World Aids Day during which Botswana’s LGBTI discussed HIV/Aids and the challenges faced. About 60 LGBTI people pitched up from around Botswana with many from Gaborone and surrounding areas like Mochudi and Lobatse in particular.

LeGaBiBo’s secretary Junior Molefe said “This gathering enables the LGBTI community to share their experiences, challenges and concerns. We also want to document this event for the donors.”

Munya Katumba the chairperson of LeGaBiBo gave a presentation on how far the organization had come since inception, its successes and challenges. He talked about how visible the organization has been and would continue to be with the support of members, he also urged members to pay up their membership fees.

During the discussion one of the hot topics of conversation was about former President Festus Mogae’s crusade to legalise homosexuality. While some were said he was doing a good job and that he had now opened a platform for debate, others disagreed, saying that Mogae had been the president for 10 years during which he had done nothing for LGBTI people despite having the power to do something. They wondered why now that he was out of power he was bringing up the subject.

The day ended with a ceremony during which candles were lit to show respect for those who have lost their lives to HIV/Aids related illness.

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