Reject Morwaeng, Masisi, draconian law – BPF

Lawrence Ookeditse. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG
Lawrence Ookeditse. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG

Following reports that Minister for State President would table an amendment to Standing Orders baring legislators from mentioning President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s name in Parliament, Botswana Patriotic Front has come out with guns blazing. The party through its spokesperson Lawrence Ookeditse has issued a scathing letter condemning the minister and the President.

Amongst the amendments are that the name of the President shall not be used in a derogatory manner, disrespectfully or impute any improper motives in the person of the President in any parliamentary debate; members of the committees must reflect the proportion of political party representation in the house, including the Business Advisory Committee; the Speaker shall not be allowed to debate any matter in Parliament; the Leader of the House must be allowed more time than other recognised leaders during all debates to represent the government position, and any individual or entity who intends to live stream Parliament proceedings shall do so with prior arrangements and permission of the Business Advisory Committee.

“Dictators' pets. Fascinating species. The butcher of Uganda, Idi Amin Dada, had Isaac Maliyamungu. Adolf Hitler had Heinrich Himmler. Saddam Hussein had Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri. President Masisi is polishing up a certain Kabo Morwaeng. Every 'wannabe authoritarian' has their own pet who funnels their kleptocracy. The willy henchman that is Morwaeng now seeks to stop MPs from mentioning President Masisi's name in Parliament if not in praise. Ke gore, Morwaeng a re leina la ga Tautona Masisi le seka la buiwa mo palamenteng ntleng ga a bokiwa,” Ookeditse wrote on Sunday.

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