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Politically speaking, should there be minimum qualification for MP’s



Politically speaking, should there be minimum qualification for MP’s

Following the publication of qualifications for Members of Parliament, there has been a public debate on whether there should be a minimum qualification entry or not for Mps.

The debate tarted after it had emerged that some MPs only had Junior Cambridge certificate, Cambridge certificate, Mechanical engineering and various workshop attendence certificates.

The Voice Staffer, DANIEL CHIDA interviewed on the issue with different politicians to get their view on the matter.

Former National Assembly Speaker, Dr Margret Nasha:

I can confirm that this debate has been on since the 8th or 9th Parliament.

The bottom line is that there is indeed a large body of the populace who support the move.

But those who were vigorously opposed to the idea were probably much more forceful in pushing their ideas, fears and beliefs, even suspicions of sabotage, to the extent of forcing the other camp into submission.

One of their points of view was that some of those of their colleagues who went only as far as primary or early secondary school level were effective foot soldiers.

They pulled crowds and were excellent at recruiting members to their fold.

Politically speaking, should there be minimum qualification for MP’s
Dr Margret Nasha

Like the late Rre Merafe used to say ” if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”. The truth of the matter though is that, if the time is not ripe yet, I don’t know if it will ever be.

Our laws are written in the usual difficult convoluted English of yesteryear.

There is always the risk of passing laws and approving policies without in-depth interrogation.

Mind you, making and passing laws is one of the core responsibilities of an MP.

When Members attend meetings of the Commonwealth, African Parliament etc, they are expected to be active participants with deep understanding of the issues under discussion.

So, what am I saying? We cannot and should not continue to pretend that it is ok not to prescribe minimum qualifications for Members of Parliament in this day and age.

The trouble is that Batswana still do not attend Parliament to watch the performance of their elected representatives in the House.

If they did, this debate would have been concluded several years ago.


The minimum should be ability to read and write.

Being a representative requires one who is able to carry the aspirations of his constituents.

One who is able to represent his people better?

Politically speaking, should there be minimum qualification for MP’s
Moeti Mohwasa

One might be academically astute but a poor leader and representative.

So it takes a set of qualities to be a leader.

This is not however meant to say we should not acknowledge academic qualifications.


Minimum qualification is needed because if you are not educated, how will you keep up with 20th Century demand and understanding the 4th industrial revolution.

People have many challenges facing their constituencies and need leaders who can articulate issues better.

Politically speaking, should there be minimum qualification for MP’s
Phenyo Butale


We absolutely need some form of qualifications for our legislators because some are voted based on how they have been assisting in funerals in villages.

We need people who can read and understand the laws of the country.

Politically speaking, should there be minimum qualification for MP’s
Jacob Nkate

They must be able to read documents and some of the documents are written in a complex manner.

We do have different levels of dealing with issues but when one cannot deliberate an issue then he/she is handicapped and must not be in parliament.

During my time in parliament we had such people but I don’t want to go deeper because I may end up being vinctimised.


Qualification matters, at least there should be a minimum qualification because all are aspiring to be nominated for ministerial posts.

Politically speaking, should there be minimum qualification for MP’s
Leonard Sesa

Level of understanding issues is vital.

Remember we have entered the fourth industrial revolution.

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The backbench is a blessing- Kablay



I am not quitting anytime soon- Kablay

Member of Parliament for Letlhakeng/ Lephepe, Liakat Kablay is delighted to have retained his position as BDP Chief Whip.

Although there have been allegations that he was disgruntled after he was yet again overlooked for a ministerial position, Kablay has dismissed such allegations in an interview with The Voice Staffer, DANIEL CHIDA.

Congratulations on your nomination.

I am very delighted by the re- election to the role of Chief whip by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

It shows that I did things right in the last parliament and I promise to keep working hard for the country and for our party.

I have been criticised before for speaking to the media and being open minded and I thought I was not going to make a comeback as Chief Whip.

The nomination has motivated me to whip the MPs even more so that they do what is right in parliament.

There have been allegations that you were upset that you didn’t make it into cabinet.

I know those allegations but I was never upset. I was just happy that I retained my seat as an MP.

I worked hard for that. I worked under former President Ian Khama for 10 years and he never considered me for a Ministerial position.

One thing that you have to know is that being overlooked for a ministerial position can be a blessing in disguise.

Majority of former Ministers lost elections because they focused more on their Ministerial jobs and forgot about their constituencies, so maybe it is a blessing in disguise that I was left out.

If the man who chooses cabinet does not see that I deserve to be included, then there is nothing much I can say except to help in building our party.

Is there a particular Ministry you had wished to lead?

Yes, I want to be a Minister for Local Government, it is close to my heart.

I come from an impoverished constituency and from that ministry I could effectively push for more developments in the area.

What has been your first assignment as Chief Whip?

I have been in meetings with the backbench discussing our issues and our expectations.

We don’t want a situation where we don’t have answers for poor or no service delivery by government

What do you mean?

We want a good working relationship with Cabinet because we are from the same party.

Ministers are not supposed to undermine us.

Have you been undermined before?

Yes in the past, Ministers brought motions to parliament without even consulting us and then expected us to keep quite as if we were in the know.

We were then labeled as rebels who wanted to oust some from their positions but we could not just agree for the sake of agreeing.

What was happening in the 11th parliament should not happen in this sitting.

I have spoken to the Vice President about our concerns as the backbench.

Ministers must brief their Permanent Secretaries about the BDP Manifesto so that they see that it is implemented.

People voted us into power because of our manifesto and we must walk the talk.

Are you prepared for the motion of no confidence on HE if tabled again?

That motion is dead! People lied saying the opposition was asking support from us the backbench because we are disgruntled for not making it into cabinet. That’s a big lie.

If we remove Masisi then it gives opposition a chance to take over government and that is something that we don’t want.

We have confidence in Masisi and MPs must know that some of us were voted because of him, people were voting for Masisi not us and therefore we can not turn our backs on him.

There is talk of motion on floor crossing, what is your take?

Opposition should not rely on us for their motion on floor crossing.

I told the BDP MPs that those who will connive with opposition should kiss BDP goodbye.

We are certain that no one from our side will cross.

What about BDP getting members from opposition?

Yes it is possible.

Are you referring to Pono Moathodi?

Of course, I can bet with you, we are getting him before the end of next year.

Why do you say that?

He is one of us, he likes Masisi very much and every time the President makes his way into the house, Moathodi’s face lights up with joy.

He smiles, cracks jokes and even consults him more than us.

When are you retiring from politics?

I haven’t considered quitting maybe I will contest for the last time in 2024.

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UDC court papers for download



As the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) seeks to redeem itself by winning back seats which they believe should have been theirs at the just ended general elections, we have put together some of the court documents in which they believe will assist them in their court case.

The UDC has sought the relief of the High Court of Botswana, putting together 19 petition for both parliamentary and council seats. In the papers the UDC implicates the President of Botswana, dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) , Peter Magosi, BDP treasurer Satar Dada, BDP Secretary general and elected Member of Parliament for Gaborone North , Mpho Balopi, IEC officials, some BDP committee members .

The cases will be heard by a panel of 12 judges in total, in a case which is set to challenge the integrity of the IEC.

Nkaigwa Petition by The Voice Newspaper Botswana on Scribd

Boko Petition by The Voice Newspaper Botswana on Scribd

Ramaotwana Petition by The Voice Newspaper Botswana on Scribd

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MP Polson Majaga calls for immediate end to ‘tenderpreneur’ civil servants.

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