Letter to the Editor:
BDF disputes Shaya’s allegation that a senior officer impregnated a fresh cadet
We wish to bring your attention to the article headlined, ‘The Senior Officer and the Pregnant Cadet,’ published in your Chilling Out Column, dated Friday 30, 2010.
We are aware that this is gossip and that gossip by its nature is neither factual nor upright and mostly carries falsehood. However, we have found it proper to respond to this gossip mainly because the said article touches on sensitive issues of morality. On the same note, this gossip tarnishes the good image of this organization as it carries innuendos that are not only non-factual but also scandalous.
It is no doubt that according to standard military ethics, dating of officers across ranks between Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) is an offense.
Similarly, dating between senior officer and junior officers is a prohibited act. To date, none of these acts have ever been committed by any member of the Defence Force ever since we enrolled female soldiers into our fold.
To set the record straight, Shaya’s gossip purporting that the standing order did not, however, stop a very senior officer in the army from impregnating his much junior subordinate is not only unsubstantiated but like all other lies, malicious and factually wrong. None of our female officers has been impregnated by any BDF officer as purported by the author. Neither do we have any BDF officer who has ascended to any rank controversially.
We therefore wish to bring it to the attention of the Editor and the readership in general that this gossip is misleading and paints a wrong picture of the BDF and its leadership.
Major Bern Ragalase
Public Affairs Officer, Botswana Defence Force