Mmegi Online :: Kokorwe Leaves After Making History
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Tuesday 20 November 2018, 13:46 pm.
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Kokorwe Leaves After Making History

The Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Gladys Kokorwe will retire as MP for Kweneng South next year after achieving a rare feat in parliamentary history.
By Staff Writer Tue 20 Nov 2018, 20:33 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Kokorwe Leaves After Making History








She is the only MP to have successfully moved a Private Members' Bill that was enacted into law. After a long struggle, the Domestic Violence Bill finally became law on August 15. The bill was tabled by the minister last year before she joined cabinet. She said she conceived the bill a long time ago, but at some stage she could not act because she was appointed an assistant minister. But when she did not make it to cabinet after the 2004 general elections she set about tabling the bill.

The new Domestic Violence Act is aimed at offering protection to people who are abused at home, irrespective of their gender. Part of the law deals with orders. An aggrieved party may make an application in court for an interim or restraining order against the offender.

"I am very happy. It is something that I will not forget about even during my retirement," Kokorwe said in

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reference to the law.

She wants the new law to be publicised. "There is no use of making laws and leaving them on the shelves. People should know about these laws," she said. She added the victory in pushing through the law was not for herself alone but all the people who were involved. 

She said it was an uphill struggle to table the bill. She said her achievement should encourage other MPs to table Private Members' Bills. "They should not just rely on government," she said.

She stated that through teamwork she managed to table her bill. "I was appealing to other people to help me including Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and the Attorney General's Chambers. I could not just do it alone. I had to work with other people. Nobody is an island," she said. She said other MPs supported her efforts and now the new law will help in addressing domestic violence.

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