Skip to Content

Daily transport near Maun, Bostwana. Photo supplied

Trump welcomes decriminalised homosexuality in AIDS-ridden Botswana

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk expressed his admiration for US President Trump on Wednesday because of Trump's "monumental achievement" of decriminalising homosexuality in Botswana, where the HIV rate is as least 25 percent.

Published: June 13, 2019, 10:38 am

    Washington

    Botswana is experiencing one of the most severe HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world. The national HIV prevalence rate among adults ages 15 to 49 is 24,8 percent, which is the third highest in the world, behind Lesotho and Swaziland.

    The national incidence rate is 1.5 per cent, or more than 15 000 new infections per year. HIV infection rates vary by geographical region: They are highest in cities, lower in towns, and lowest in villages.

    HIV remains particularly prevalent in eastern regions such as Bobirwa and Selebi Phikwe, where the prevalence remains as high as 40 percent.

    These alarming figures are nothing to celebrate. Botswana’s workforce is being depleted as many productive adults develop AIDS and are no longer able to work. According to the US State Department, between 1999 and 2005 Botswana lost approximately 17 percent of its health care workforce due to AIDS. By 2020, it has been projected that the loss in agricultural labour force due to AIDS could be more than 23 percent.

    “Today, Botswana decriminalized homosexuality,” Kirk tweeted. “President Trump’s global push to decriminalize homosexuality is achieving results across the world,” he added. “Will CNN & MSNBC give his administration any credit for this monumental achievement?”

    The Trump administration has been involved in an effort to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide since early this year.

    “As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals….” Trump said on Twitter.

    The crusade to decriminalise homosexuality worldwide was started by the controversial Trump-appointed ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, who has been hailed as the “highest ranking openly gay official ever in a Republican administration”.

    Though Trump has enthusiastically signed onto the campaign, he appeared to know nothing about the campaign when he was asked about it shortly after it was announced. “I don’t know which report you’re talking about. We have many reports,” Trump responded when questioned.

    The ruling in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality in Botswana was decided by their High Court, which may have been swayed by the US administration’s crusade.

    Botswana has been suffering from a massive AIDS epidemic for decades, with NPR reporting last month that their HIV rate is currently “at least 25 percent.”

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Africa

    Raped Eastern-Cape woman: Was I a ‘settler who had to be killed’?

    Political rhetoric and feelings of racial revenge fuel the horrific violence in South Africa, including violence against women and children. The story of Nicky, a white farmer's wife raped by a black attacker, has shocked the country and the world.

    Friend of victim says Stellenbosch farm murder was a hit job

    StellenboschStefan Smit (62), owner of the wine farm Louiesenhof in Stellenbosch, was shot and killed in his house last week in the latest farm attack. A friend of Smit believes that the murder was a hit job.

    ‘You white bastards’, then 3 blacks execute young white couple

    In the latest racially-motivated black-on-white murder in South Africa, Johanco Fleischman and Jessica Kuhn were attacked by an armed black group when their vehicle had run out of fuel east of Johannesburg.

    South Africa: activist against farm attacks murdered at home

    The brutal killing of human-rights activist Annette Kennealy on her small farm has again placed South African farm murders in the spotlight.

    South Africa’s FF Plus party ‘could have done even better’

    During South Africa's recent parliamentary elections, the Freedom Front Plus almost trebled its number of votes to 414 844 and the number of its MPs in the national parliament increased from 4 to 10. Dan Roodt spoke to a long-standing and prominent party member, Werner Weber.

    South African election: Swing to the right amid fabricated consensus

    Despite ongoing and profound corruption within the ruling party, South Africa's electorate has given the ANC another five years of power. Among white Afrikaans voters, there is a swing to the right, however. FWM takes an exclusive look at the election.

    Diplomatic wife found guilty of fraud in ‘ghost teachers’ case

    In South Africa, being the wife of an MP or the spouse of an ambassador does not preclude you from engaging in fraud and embezzlement of funds destined for the education of small children, as the Portia Sizani case bears out.

    Three black attackers stab white farmer to death

    KirkwoodPolice have identified the name of the white man who was stabbed to death by black assaillants during a farm attack in Kirkwood on Sunday evening.

    Democrats took expensive trip to South Africa for Beyoncé concert

    Five House Democrats took a $60,000 trip to South Africa to attend the chaotic "Global Citizen Mandela 100" concert in Johannesburg that ended in criminal violence. Strangely, none of them had noticed anything while on their visit.

    South Africa: Grave of EFF’s favourite philosopher vandalised

    Karl Marx's memorial in Highgate Cemetery, London, in the UK has been vandalised, with parts of the Grade I listed monument's inscription damaged by a hammer-wielding individual. Britain's Highgate Cemetery regularly receives over 80 000 visitors a year, and this is the main sight that many of them come to see.

    Go to archive