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ZimDaily.com, Harare, 7 February 2006
45 Zimbabwean Immigrants Flogged By Sjamboks In Botswana
Contributed by: correspondent
SOME 45 Zimbabweans who illegally entered Botswana were each given three lashes in public at a customary law court in that country while six women claim to have been raped by soldiers before being deported. According to the Mmegi, a Botswana daily paper, the humiliating punishment was part of a joint operation by that country's police and army to crackdown on illegal immigrants, mainly Zimbabweans working or selling wares in villages around Francistown.
The Mmegi said the operation code named "Operation Clean Up" has resulted in the arrest of 552 Zimbabweans so far for entering the neighbouring country without valid travel documents or vending without permits. The spokesman for the operation, Senior Superintendent Boikhutso Dintwa of the Botswana Police said about 552 illegal immigrants were arrested mainly from within and around Borolong village, west of Francistown since January.
"The joint operation between the police, the army,
immigration, prisons and other government departments, was
conducted house to house," said Supt Dintwa. "We nabbed
some of our targets from their work places, where they were
employed illegally. Some were travelling in the bush whilst
others were from the roadblocks that we mounted."
Mmegi, Gaborone, 15 February 2006
Envoy defends Botswana's judiciary
By Fraser Mpofu
HARARE: Botswana’s High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, Pelokgale Seloma has denied that Zimbabweans are treated unfairly by his country’s judicial system. He defended Botswana’s judiciary saying that Zimbabweans are given fair trials and are not discriminated.
Seloma, who was posted to Zimbabwe late last year, made the remarks this week when he visited governors of Bulawayo and Matebeleland North Provinces, western Zimbabwe.
Scores of Zimbabweans have been arrested, jailed or flogged at customary courts throughout the country for criminal activities.
“They are treated like any other offenders regardless of nationality.
“Zimbabweans, like everyone else, are always given fair trials if they were arrested for flouting the country’s laws even at customary courts. The proceedings are always recorded and people are given fair trials.”
Seloma clarified that all people convicted of minor offences in Botswana are flogged at customary courts. The customary courts do not discriminate as other nationals, including Batswana are also subjected to flogging.
Seloma said people who are convicted of minor crimes could choose between imprisonment and public flogging. Female offenders are not flogged.
© Mmegi, 2002
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