Wednesday, June 12, 2024

‘Botswana Congress Party judges are messing up the judiciary’

A minister and lawyer who works in a state organ that appoints judges has alleged that “Botswana Congress Party judges are messing up the judiciary.”

Assistant Minister of State President, Meshack Mthimkhulu, has developed a vociferous style of debating that he typically compliments with performative rage and ill-chosen words. Such style was in full display when, after a long absence in parliament, he debated the Constitution (Amendment) Bill last week.

In 2015, then President Ian Khama feuded epically with the Law Society of Botswana after rejecting a recommendation from the Judicial Services Commission that he should appoint Omphemetse Motumise High Court judge. Five years earlier, he had rejected another JSC recommendation to appoint Lizo Ngcongco, Gabriel Rwelengera and Gabriel Komboni as judges. The JSC had deemed the trio “duly qualified” but Khama, who had been in office for two years and had been vice president for 10 years, thought otherwise. Unlike in the case of this trio, the Law Society took the battle to General Khama by launching an ultimately unsuccessful case at the High Court.

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