Botswana declares State of Emergency as SA extends lockdown

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BOTSWANA PRESIDENT DR. MOKGWEETSI ERIC KEABETSWE MASISI
BOTSWANA PRESIDENT DR. MOKGWEETSI ERIC KEABETSWE MASISI

Botswana Parliament approved President Masisi’s State of Emergency to last for 6 months, in a move that will cripple the economy and dent human rights record of the Southern African country.

By Liberty Makusha

The government has shut down its borders from human traffic except citizens and residents of the country.

Among other measures, the government suspended schools opening, revoked workers rights to strike, banned retrenchment and all non essential private and public workers to work from home for 6 months.

TSTnews learnt that opposition members of parliament tried in vain to resist these new measures, ultimately the numerically superior People’s Democratic Party prevailed.

Meanwhile, all MPs in Botswana have been put in isolation after a nurse based at the parliament building tested positive to Coronavirus.

In related news, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the lockdown with two weeks.

Ramaphosa outlined a cocktail of measures aimed at reducing negative effects of the lockdown to industry and employees.

He also announced various packages availed to farmers, vulnerable households and small businesses that will chew billions of rands.