Venson-Moitoi appointment unconstitutional


Parliament and legal heads have noted that it is not constitutionally permissible for a politician to be a civil servant whilst holding a ministerial post.

Also, the constitutional provision for Cabinet Ministers is 16, but with this week’s shocking reshuffle it has increased the number to 17.

On Tuesday, President Ian Khama announced that he had granted leave of absence to former Minister of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and redeployed her to the same ministry to head the special assignment department. Then Venson-Moitoi insisted that she has not been redeployed as a civil servant or consultant as original communicated, but as a minister for the strategic plan in MoESD.

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