Civil Society fights 'flawed' constitutional amendment

(L-R). Kagiso Molatlhwa. Olebile Machete and Morena Monganja addressing the media on constitutional amendment PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
(L-R). Kagiso Molatlhwa. Olebile Machete and Morena Monganja addressing the media on constitutional amendment PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

A group of at least 44 civil society organisations (CSOs) have come up together under the umbrella of the Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) and are ready to approach the court if President Mokgweetsi Masisi does not listen to their plea for withdrawal of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2024.

The Bill was read for the first time last week and was referred to Ntlo ya Dikgosi before it returns for a second reading.

They are led by the Constitutional Review Task Team, which is a group of CSOs and other stakeholders working in solidarity under BOCONGO, to “raise their voices against the failure of the proposed Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2024 to address key reform issues essential for the enhancement of democracy, protection of fundamental rights, and strengthening of institutional independence in Botswana and call for process around constitutionalism and justice to all Batswana”.

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