No more seats for political rejects

Kefentse Mzwinila PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Kefentse Mzwinila PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Review of the Constitution has recommended that individuals who lose primary and or general elections should not be considered for Specially Elected Members of the National Assembly positions

In the current administration led by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, there are a lot of coucillors and some legislators who were rejected by voters only to bounce back into political office. The current Minister of Lands and Water Affairs Kefentse Mzwinila was booted out by Mmadinare legislator Molebatsi Molebatsi in the 2018 Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Bulela Ditswe primary elections only to come back to Parliament as a Specially Elected Member of Parliament (SEMP) after the 2019 General Elections.

The current Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kgotla Autlwetse lost the Serowe North constituency to the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF)’s Baratiwa Mathoothe in the 2019 general elections and was also brought back return as a Specially Elected MP. These are just living examples but many times in the past candidates who had been rejected by the electorate always found their way back. This is not just a thing of the current administration but even during former president Ian Khama’s tenure former legislators like Kitso Mokaila who lost the Goodhope-Mabule MP seat to the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s James Mathokgwane in the 2014 General Elections was also returned to the National Assembly as a Specially Elected MP and consequently the Minister of Minerals Energy and Water Resources.

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