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Molokomme should resign

For the first time in history, Botswana finds itself without a Vice President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, two weeks after the general elections.
By Mmegi Editor Thu 06 Nov 2014, 11:25 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Molokomme should resign








This is so because President Ian Khama through the Attorney General (AG) Athaliah Molokomme has instituted a constitutional court challenge on the recent amendments of the Parliamentary Standing Orders.  The AG argues that voting should be by a show of hands and that in requiring the use of secret ballot, the Standing Orders violate the constitution.

It has been alleged this is President Khama’s and not AG’s move, as he prefers a show of hands so he can identify those who may go against his preferred choice.

As a result of these egocentric issues, the country is in a political limbo. Some may not want to classify this development as a crisis, but it is.

It has all the characteristics of a crisis. In fact, constitutional crisis it is. But who is to blame? Molokomme? Yes, she is to blame. As much as President Khama is the initiator of this mess together with his attorneys, Molokomme should take the greater blame. 

By her own admission, her office was party to the amendment of the Standing Orders in August this year. She failed to advice Parliament when the Standing Orders were amended. This is what she says in her answering affidavit; “I do not deny that my office had a role in drafting the Standing Orders. That should not detract from the current position that I have formed a view that they are unconstitutional.”

How does the custodian of the law, the AG, whose office participated in the drafting of the Standing Orders, turn around to sue parliamentarians?

Could she

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be changing her mind to conveniently please her master? In the real world we call this hypocrisy. Molokomme’s flip-flopping is a clear sign the poor AG is under pressure from the boss, the President.

This sad development reminds us of the Watergate scandal. Feeling the heat, the US president Richard Nixon ordered the Attorney General and his deputy to fire the special prosecutor investigating him [Nixon] for his role in the scandal. The two flatly refused and resigned with their integrity in tact. Molokomme could do the same, but it seems she would not. How sad.

Besides conceding that her office drafted the Standing Orders, the same Molokomme also concedes that the provision to endorse Vice President through secret ballot has been in place since 1998. In fact Khama became Vice President in 1998 through secret ballot.

Whatever happens in court today, Molokomme should seriously consider resigning. In fact, we call for her to do the right thing and resign.

                                                                  Today’s thought

“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

 

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau

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