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Vol 46 No 6

Published 18th March 2005


Botswana

For the greater Good

By trying to expel an academic critic, the government is risking its reputation

A 72-year-old Australian academic is resisting a deportation order and calling into question Botswana's much-valued reputation as Africa's leading democracy. On 18 February President Festus Mogae issued a presidential decree declaring Professor Kenneth Good, a politics lecturer at the University of Botswana for 15 years, a 'prohibited immigrant' with 48 hours to leave the country. Good, a regular critic of what he calls the government's Setswana-elitist politics, appealed to the courts; on 1 March, the High Court in Lobatse gave him leave to remain in Botswana to challenge the constitutionality of the deportation order. That hearing opened on 7 March.

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