Botswana leader jittery over social media abuse

APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Thursday expressed concern at the apparent abuse of social media by users in his country.

Masisi concerns were conveyed by Permanent Secretary for Government Communications Andrew Sesinyi following the circulation of a video of hospitalised former long-serving minister.

Sesinyi quoted Masisi as saying that it is incumbent upon all those engaging in social media communication and otherwise, to respect the privacy and sensitivities of other individuals.

“His Excellency the President is greatly disturbed by the circulation on social media of an unauthorised video clip of former Cabinet Minister Mr Daniel Kwelagobe, while recuperating in his hospital bed,” Sesinyi said.

He added that “The President has noted with disquiet that the video clip was recorded without the consent of the family and that its circulation in the social media is yet another illustration of the abuse of facilities intended for responsible enjoyment of freedoms of expression and communication.” 


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