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Botswana's ex-President Festus Mogae defends gay rights

Botswana's former President Festus Mogae has broken ranks with conservative views regarding sex workers and homosexuality.

When he was president, Mr Mogae pushed for free anti-retroviral therapy and measures to curb mother-to-child Aids transmission.

Now he says it is time to confront issues of gays rights and prostitution - matters that are rarely spoken about in public.

He is also calling for the distribution of condoms in prisons. He told the BBC's Letloghile Lucas why.

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  • 19 Oct 2011
  • From the section Africa