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.

Editor's Comment
Gov’t, Balete should bury the hatchet

The acrimony that seemingly characterised the relationship between the Malete Land Board on behalf of the Botswana government and Kgosi Mosadi Seboko and the tribe, should now be water under the bridge as the tribe has finally gotten what it has been fighting for - the land.Kgosi Mosadi has articulated an instance upon which she was allegedly summoned to the State House by the Head of State, Mokgweetsi Masisi where the former claimed she was...

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