Botswana carries out first execution in two years


The Botswana government on Saturday announced that it had carried out an execution for the first time in two years on a prisoner convicted of murder. 

The government released a public notice stating that the death penalty imposed on Joseph Tselayarona by the Gaborone High Court on March 10, 2017.

Tselayarona, 28, was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, Ngwanyanaotsile Keikanne and her three-year-old son, Miguel Keikanne in 2010 at Molepolole.

He received a 20-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend but he received the death penalty for the murder of her son.

He appealed the judgement but it was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in November 2017.

Botswana is currently the only southern African nation to have not abolished the death penalty.

The execution was carried out during the early hours of Saturday morning.