Botswana Police Deployed to State House Following threats to attack it

Mnegi newspaper reports that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) has placed officers at the State House to protect the President’s residence after intelligence information indicated disgruntled youths want to burn the building down.

According to multiple reports in Botswana, the angry group of youths is unhappy with high unemployment rate, closure of the entertainment industry and suspension of alcohol sale.

It is said some of the aggrieved youths want to demonstrate while others want the State House burnt down to drive the message home.

Recently there had been  complaints from young people regarding the slow pace of the vaccination roll-out amid rising COVID-19 infections and deaths.

The other contentious issue the youth express is the possible extension of the State of Emergency (SoE), which ends in September.

There are fresh reports  Masisi wants to push through for another extension.

The youths blame the government for failing to take action against companies that continue to retrench employees despite the SoE being in place.

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