Date: 31st March 2016
Title: Decriminalization of Section 164 A and C
The Lesbians Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) would like to thank Hon. Sergeant Yellowman Kgositsile, Counsellor of Marulamantsi Ward, for reaching out to the LGBTI community and contribute to elimination of stigma and discrimination, addressing exclusion of LGBTI, fighting homophobia and helping LEGABIBO to access structures which have always been difficult to access. We also commend the Gaborone City Council for allowing Hon. Yellowman Kgositsile to table such a motion. We acknowledge that this is the first time in the history of LGBTI advocacy that Council conversed on LGBTI issues.
On the 29th March 2016, the honourable house of the GCC heard a motion tabled by honourable Counsellor Yellowman to lobby for decriminalization of same-sex-sexual activities resulting in the unilateral support by the Honorable Council members. This action is important to the LGBTI community because it aims to enhance the health, wellbeing, inclusion and non-discrimination of the LGBTI in Botswana. In addition, the honorable GCC house calls for the inclusion of LGBTI in HIV/AIDS interventions and education of health care providers, echoing the position that LEGABIBO represents.
LEGABIBO is grateful for the forward thinking of politicians such as Rre Kgositsile and honourable members of the Gaborone City Council for their dedication to contributing to HIV response and protecting the marginalized groups. We acknowledge that the mandate of the honourable house is not to change laws, but we appreciate their efforts to lobby for change and make recommendations to law makers in their respective positions. Their contribution shall be cited in the history LGBTI advocacy in Botswana.
LEGABIBO would like to call upon all politicians to emulate this example by Rre Yellowman and Gaborone City Counsel to lobby for legal reform and make recommendations for law makers.