Sunday, July 25, 2021

Deputy Speaker breaks silence on ouster plot

Member of Parliament for Mochudi East and also Deputy Speaker of the national assembly Mabuse Pule broke his silence this week about allegations of a plot by some Cabinet Ministers to oust him.

Allegations have been flying thick and fast that some ministers are unhappy that Pule was failing to protect them from attacks by opposition MPs.

Pule who dismissed allegations of an ouster plot as ““utter nonsense”, admitted that some ministers fumble during parliamentary debates because they are still new to their post. He was however quick to point out that he was in good terms with President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his executive and there were no plans to remove him.

There are speculations that a section of the executive is plotting Pule’s replacement by Pono Moatlhodi who recently re-joined the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).   

Of late, Moatlhodi has been acting as the deputy speaker while Pule was on a sick leave after he underwent an eye surgery to remove cataract.

Interviewed by this publication, the deputy speaker dismissed allegations that he will be dropped from his position as “utter nonsense”.

“I am still the deputy speaker and nothing threatens my position,” said Pule. He revealed that he underwent an eye surgery before the end of the December session to remove a cataract, and since then he has been on sick leave. He explained that once the deputy speaker is on leave, parliament has to choose an acting deputy speaker as the standing orders requires and Moatlhodi was nominated by the ruling party.

He said he did not know why Moatlhodi was nominated by this party, adding that he was elected constitutionally and cannot be removed unconstitutionally. He explained that there are three ways in which a deputy speaker can be removed from his position either by motion of no confidence or him resigning from the position and possibly when the president dissolves parliament.

He said he has not yet met Moatlhodi since the parliament recessed last December. He further explained that he cannot be requested to step aside for Moathodi since he was voted constitutionally. He challenged members of parliament that if they want to remove him from his position they should do so constitutionally.

He also rubbished reports that suggest that he is not in good terms with some members of parliament. “I have good relations with MPs, as you know when you are a speaker you became a parent, “he said, adding that he was aware of some ministers who often make blunders because most of them are new in their position. 

Pule maintains that he has a good working relation with president Mokgweetsi Masisi and his executive.

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