Saturday, July 13, 2024

Botswana Judges’ tribal war goes public

It’s who you know, not necessarily what you did, that matters most in Botswana courts – and this was confirmed last week by Chief Justice Terrence Rannowane.

The Chief Justice exploded the presumption of judicial impartiality in Botswana courts as he moved the civil case between him and Justice Gabriel Komboni from Maun High Court to Gaborone High Court citing apprehension of ethnic and kinship biases.

In an affidavit that in part sought to rebut the presumption of judicial impartiality, the Chief Justice went after Justice Komboni, Justice Nthomiwa and Justice Maripe, indicating that he was apprehensive that the trio would cook the case because they come from the same village.

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