In separate letters to President Lt Gen Ian Khama and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Gladys Kokorwe, Specially Elected Member of Parliament, Mr. Eric Mothibi Molale on Friday resigned from his positions as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and as a Specially Elected Member of Parliament.
In both his letters to the President and to the Speaker, Mr. Molale states that: “The sole purpose of this resignation is to allow me to contest and represent the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the Goodhope-Mabule Constituency in the forthcoming bye-election.”
In his letter to the Speaker, Mr. Molale further refers to Section 35(5)(a) of the Electoral Act [CAP.02:09], which provides as follows:
“No person may be nominated for election- â€¨(a) in more than one constituency or while such a person is a Member of the National Assembly…” adding that:
“In accordance with this provision, this is to inform you that I have decided to resign as Specially Elected Member of Parliament, as a hereby do, with immediate effect.”
In his letter to the President, Mr. Molale also refers to Section 42(3)(i) of the Constitution that provides as follows:
“Appointments to the office of Minister or Assistant Minister shall be made by the President from among members of the National Assembly…”
In his letter to the President he further observes that:
“In accordance with this provision read with section 35(5)(a) of the Electoral Act, this is to inform you that I have decided to resign as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, as I hereby do, with immediate effect.”
This past weekend Mr. Molale won the BDP primary election to represent the party in the forthcoming bye-election, which is to be held in the coming month.
KHAMA RE-APPOINT MOLALE TO CABINET
President Khama, has on Friday exercised his authority under Section 42 of the Constitution to reappoint Mr. Eric Molale as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration. Under the said section the Honourable Minister will not attend Parliament.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”