Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Gov rejects call to establish election tribunal

The government has rejected a call to establish an election tribunal as it was feared to be costly to set it up at the moment.

Ntlo ya Dikgosi passed the motion despite the government’s reluctance to establish the tribunal, citing lack of financial resources.

The motion was passed after Kgosi Maruje Masunga, who requested the government to set up the tribunal to expedite the election complains and queries arising from elections, advised that there is need to set such structures to enhance democracy.

He said that the current situation needs the existence of the tribunal that will deal with such issues arising from elections.

The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills and Development, Patrick Masimolole, informed Ntlo ya Dikgosi that the excise to establish the tribunal was costly.

Masimolole stated that the government was not ready to establish it due to lack of finance. He promised that the tribunal will be established as soon as the funds are available.
Meanwhile, the country may soon administer corporal punishment to wrongdoers who are aged between 40 and 50 years.

This comes after the Ntlo ya Dikgosi passed a motion in which Serowe Region Kgosi Kgomotso Boiditswe requested the government to increase the legal age limit for corporal punishment from 40 to 50 years.

Dikgosi supported Boiditswe after he informed the Ntlo ya Dikgosi that most of the people who are aged 40 years and above were always misbehaving. He said some committed some offences fully knowing that corporal punishment would not be meted against them.

Thamaga Region Kgosi Alfred Monnawathebe also supported the motion, stating that this will reduce overcrowding in prisons around the country.

He said that the customary courts were forced to sentence the wrongdoers aged between 40 and 50 years to prisons because the courts were not allowed to administer punishment to them.
Currently, corporal punishment to those aged between 40 and 50 years is not allowed according to the customary act.

The House passed the motion.

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