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Botswana enforces covid-19 lockdown ‘without security officers’

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Botswana is one of the Southern African countries to also declare a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic after recording its first set of cases.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has also declared a state of emergency over the outbreak.

Masisi said essential-service providers will be issued with a special a Covid-19 travel permit to enable them to leave their homes.

The President also said people will access essential goods and services with a relief fund set up to cushion those affected.

Botswana’s government will also give a wage subsidy to help businesses retain employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The country’s lockdown started on April 2, 2020 and would last for 28 days but security forces are not actively involved in enforcing the lockdown.

Streets are empty

The 2.3 million citizens in Botswana appear to be very law abiding and of good behavior that they are orderly complying with the directive.

Empty streets everywhere

Local media reported that the city streets were literally empty across the low, medium and high-income locations.

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There was literally no activity and informal sector traders who often fill up the streets with their wares had wrapped up and stayed home.

No challenge for security officers because people have stayed home

There were virtually no taxis operating in almost all-key parts of the city in the country.

Francistown Central Police Station (CPS) commander superintendent Lebalang Maniki told a local news outlet mmegi that they have not received any report of people ignoring the restrictions on their movement.

There a few police officers though tasked to monitor activities across the country’s streets but they virtually have no work to do at the moment.

Streets are empty everywhere

In other African countries security officers have been massively deployed across cities to prevent people from moving around.

Some citizens in parts of Africa and even in Southern African countries like South Africa have recorded police and military brutalities.

Debate over Botswana’s orderly lockdown

On social media, Africans have been reacting to this report of orderliness in Botswana during the period of lockdown over coronavirus.




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