The chairman of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Kgosi Puso Gaborone has said he is contemplating having the newly introduced leadership terms of two and a half years scrapped to introduce a further five year term for leaders of the house.
Kgosi Gaborone said that since the country’s Independence from Britain in 1966 until 2015 the Ntlo ya Dikgosi has been having a 1 year chairmanship term and deputy chairmanship terms which made it difficult for real progress to take root in the house as elected leaders spent their time on the throne with minds consumed by the ever-looming elections.
Gaborone said that while one of the initial challenges has been neutralised, as the one year term has been practically making it difficult to plan for the long haul, going forward they might change the length period of the term of leadership. He also said that the administrations’ bureaucracy wasn’t neither forgiving on the House as it proved meaningless and unnecessarily expensive for some duties and functions of the House to be done every session. He gave the example of printing portraits and posters of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi members which is done on a yearly basis for each Ntlo Ya Dikgosi session as a needlessly expensive exercise before adding, “There is not even anything to rejoice about for having been chairman 5 times in 5 years.”
Kgosi Gaborone also lamented that the speaker of the National Assembly serves a five year term saying, “in the other house there is stability of the term of office.”He also says that the results of their benchmarking exercises have shown that in other countries leaders of the House of Chiefs work on full time basis addressing issues peculiar to the traditional leadership. Meanwhile he currently doubles as Kgosi of the Batlokwa and as well as the leader of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi.
Kgosi Gaborone defeated Kgosi Galeakanye Modise of Sefhare/Ramokgonami by 20 votes to 13 at the start of the 4th meeting of the 3rd Ntlo Ya Dikgosi session on Monday, beginning his inaugural 2 and a half years term as chairman of the house.
Ntlo Ya Dikgosi has had 15 chairpersons since 1966.
The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.
WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?
Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.
Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed. This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.
In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’ The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.
Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama).
Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.