The aisle that skunks

Parliament is the supreme legislative body of government PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Parliament is the supreme legislative body of government PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Botswana prides itself as Africa’s oldest democracy, hailed far and beyond as a sparkling pinnacle of virtuous rule by the people for the people. In 1966 the shackles of mild colonialism fell off from Botswana’s hands and the nation phoenxied itself to autonomous rule, breaking away from the grasp of the United Kingdom.

Like the old feeble suggests, not all that glitters is gold and a peep into Botswana’s castle in the air reveals a rather bitter sweet narrative. Democracy as a political ideal, functions best at the backdrop of an army of institutions that need to be well oiled for the government of the people by the people to live out its creed.

At the centre of an array of these institutions is Parliament. Without a flinch, Parliament is surely the skeleton on which democracies flesh stands. In Botswana, Parliament is the supreme legislative body of government. It is a house of constituency representatives that makes laws in the country.

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