Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Masisi no different from Khama, hardly attends parliament

A recurring theme has resurfaced, indicating how President Mokgweetsi Masisi shares a striking resemblance to his predecessor, Ian Khama, in their absenteeism from parliamentary sessions.

While Masisi has been observed at select National Assembly events, his absence from critical parliamentary debates especially following major addresses, notably the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the National Budget Speech, has been conspicuous. This pattern of behavior has prompted comparisons to Khama’s tenure, where similar allegations of parliamentary neglect were levied against him.

In 2015, during Khama’s presidency, the then Speaker of the National Assembly, Gladys Kokorwe, rationalized Khama’s frequent absence from parliamentary sessions by highlighting his numerous other national and international obligations. Kokorwe’s remarks attempted to assuage concerns among Parliamentarians regarding Khama’s absenteeism, juxtaposing his commitments against the consistent presence of then Vice President Masisi within the parliamentary chambers.

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