Soldiers speaking on condition that they will not be named for fear of victimisation said the move was apparently an effort to reduce both the water and electricity bill at SSKB.
“We were called at the beginning of this week and told that water and electricity bills were too high so SSKB was no longer going to allow us to bring our girlfriends to the barracks during the week as they contributed to the high bills.”
The junior officers(privates) will however be allowed to invite girlfriends into the barracks over the weekend.
Another soldier who also requested not to be named expressed shock that the new policy excluded officers of higher ranks.
“They say they want our girlfriends not to visit us during the week. The question is are they trying to encourage us to be gay or what?” he asked.
Contacted for a comment on the matter, the BDF Deputy Director of Protocol and Public Affairs Charles Oye, declined to confirm nor deny the allegation because the ‘the matter was internal and could not be shared.”
In a written response he said; “This serves to acknowledge receipt of your questionnaire.
We however, regret to inform you that we cannot provide you with the information you requested because the issue raised in the questionnaire is an internal restricted administrative matter for members of the Botswana Defence Force.”