The Establishment Of The Protectorate (Part 10) � �Khama And Rhodes�

Our last episode culminated in the issuing of the May 1891 Order-in-Council that authorized Britain’s High Commissioner to enact laws in the Bechuanaland Protectorate for: “the administration of justice, the raising of revenue and generally for peace, order and good government of all persons within this order including the prohibition of acts tending to disturb the public peace.”

These same sovereign powers are echoed today in our country’s Constitution, which in paragraph 86 defines Parliament’s authority as follows: “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, Parliament shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of Botswana.”

The wording of paragraph 86 is thus reflective of a formal shift of sovereign authority from the High Commissioner in South Africa, as the delegated representative of the British Crown (i.e. “Mmamosadinyana”), to the people of Botswana through their elected representative.

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