NOT AMUSED: Molatlhegi (INSET: Kgoroba)

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Kagiso Molatlhegi, has opened an assault case against Member of Parliament for Mogoditshane, Sedirwa Kgoroba.

The case that was opened at Central police Station in Gaborone followed a violent altercation that ensued during parliament proceedings on Tuesday afternoon when the MP hurled a bottle of water at the Deputy Speaker.

Legislators had been debating a motion on ‘Malomatsebe’ (informants) and Botswana Democratic Party MP, Bagalatia Arone , who was calling for the empowerment of the office of the Ombudsman and the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) was interrupted by the Molatlhegi.

The Deputy Speaker wanted to know what should be done to those who are failing to release a report on investigations of Gomolemo Motswaledi’s death and Kgoroba is said to have thrown a 500ml water bottle and hit him on the chest.

Meanwhile Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, who is also the leader of the house has called for enhanced security at the National Assembly and cautioned that acts of brazen violence as well as disrespect should not be tolerated.

“I personally regard this as a grave matter, for I fear that if our Parliament descends into chaos it can become the slippery slope. In the absence of good governance we face the threat of becoming another failed state rather than the well established democracy the world has come to know and admire,” he said in his address yesterday.

Masisi added that in the light of recent developments, Government would reinforce sentiment with action. “Given the incitement we see being fomented against the Honourable offices of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker we have decided that the security of their persons shall now have to be augmented. We have also come to the conclusion that, at least for the time being, the overall security of this house shall also have to be further enhanced.”

The VP said he feared that recent incidents may have set Parliament on a path of self-inflicted decline.

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