Gay rights campaigners are in jubilant mood in Botswana where the country’s High Court has ruled in favour of decriminalising homosexuality.
The Court on Tuesday rejected laws that impose up to seven years in prison for same-sex relationships, stating they were unconstitutional.
By the ruling, Botswana is getting set to join fellow African counties like Angola, Mozambique and the Seychelles that have effectively scrapped anti-homosexuality laws.
The Botswana anti-gay law has been in place since 1965 when it was brought in by the colonial British government.
The case was brought to court by a student who argued society had changed and homosexuality was more widely accepted.
Countries like Nigeria and Kenya still uphold anti-gay laws. Kenya as a matter of fact, recently ruled against campaigners seeking to overturn laws on gay sex. In Nigeria, gay rights campaigners are yet to effectively challenge the country’s law against homosexuality which imposes up to seven years for offenders.