In defence of the Republic

In the year that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been in office, he has faced a trial by fire unheralded in previous presidential transitions.

And, in retrospect, the turmoil was somewhat inevitable. Its intensity was unexpected.

The inevitability stems from the constitutional automatic succession clause which, in essence, fosters a situation where the country’s presidency is removed from the direct influence of voters, to a competition for the good favour of the incumbent president.

Editor's Comment
Respect public institutions Mr Pres

Leaders must uphold the rule of law and ensure justice, but Masisi’s remarks raise serious concerns on the separation of powers and the independence of the justice system.Masisi’s claim that he personally instructed authorities not to handcuff Khama, regardless of the legal circumstances, undermines the principles of justice and equality before the law.As Head of State, Masisi should respect the judicial process and avoid interfering in...

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