BDP: Influencing national dialogue

The BDP is a political party faced with existential threat- Mfundisi
The BDP is a political party faced with existential threat- Mfundisi

There has been hullabaloo on the appointment and composition of the presidential commission of inquiry into the review of the national Constitution. A recent abrupt introduction of a hurried motion instead of a substantive bill driven by the government to increase the number of elected constituencies from 57 to 61 has further raised eyebrows. In this Q&A, Mmegi Staffer RYDER GABATHUSE engages University of Botswana (UB) lecturer in politics and administrative studies, Adam Mfundisi to further dissect these issues of national interest

Mmegi: Why do you think the government of President Mokgweetsi Masisi appointed a presidential commission of inquiry into the review of the Constitution?

Mfundisi: First, we must acknowledge that the President has the constitutional mandate to institute a commission of inquiry to educate, investigate, and to inform citizens on matters of national importance. The Commission of Inquiry's legislation empowers the head of state and government to set such organisation and appoint commissioners to execute the mandate. Commissions of Inquiries are not suitable for every issue of national importance. On matters of constitutional reforms, they are not desirable. Constitution making process is a highly politicised process with fundamental impact on socio-economic and political developments. The current British crafted Constitution has provisions that guide how it can be amended, modified, and overhauled. A Commission of Inquiry is not specified as one of the processes to change the Constitution. The President deliberately chose the Commission of Inquiry route to determine the means and the results. Niccolo Machiavelli, the Italian philosopher, in his book "The Prince" coined a concept 'The means justify the ends' to analyse situations like these. President Masisi wants to influence the outcomes of the findings and recommendations of the commission. Moreover, he unilaterally appointed commissioners, which on the surface of it may look genuine, and representative of the Botswana society. But when you critically examine its composition, disturbing signs become glaring.

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