Thursday, July 18, 2024

Botswana restricts political leadership to “natural born” citizens

Batswana who are born to a Motswana and non-Motswana parent and those holding dual citizenship will be barred from holding political office or serving in the disciplined forces.

A government white paper indicates that the Presidential Commission on the Review of the Constitution had recommended that children born to a Motswana and non-Motswana parent, and children born to a single non-citizen mother in Botswana, holding dual citizenship should not be permitted to occupy offices of councilor, Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Vice President, President and Judicial officers (Masters, Registrars and Judges) and should be barred from joining disciplined forces. In response to the recommendation, government “agreed with the recommendation and noted that this is necessary in the interest of national security and that the (relevant) Ministry should review the positions to which this limitation must be extended to and include other security sensitive positions.”

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