News and Information

9th Parliament Monday
November 5, 2004
05 November, 2004

GABORONE The first meeting of the ninth Parliament starts on Monday with the swearing-in of 57 elected MPs and four others elected by Parliament.

The National Assembly will also be treated to a state-of-the-nation address by President, Festus Mogae.

The House will at its beginning elect a new Speaker of the National Assembly and his deputy, to replace Ray Molomo and Bahiti Temane respectively.

High on the agenda will be the endorsement of the vice president. Mogae has already hinted that he will retain Seretse Khama Ian Khama as vice president.

Sixty-one MPs, including four specially elected, will make up the current Parliament, with the BDP taking 44 seats, BNF 12 and BCP one.

The last Parliament had 44 MPs, including four specially elected - five from the BNF and one each from the BCP and New Democratic Front. Twenty MPs of the BDP, seven from the BNF and one from the BCP and the only one, Dumelang Saleshando (Gaborone Central) will be entering Parliament for the first time. The BDP rising stars are: Duncan Mlazie (Chobe), Frank Ramsden (Maun East), Ronald Ridge (Maun West), Samson Moyo (Tati East) and Charles Tibone (Tati West).

Others are: Khomongwana Maoto (Francistown South), Shaw Kgathi (Bobirwa), Nono Molefi (Selebi-Phikwe East), Kavis Kario (Selebi-Phikwe West), Oreeditse Molebatsi (Tswapong South), Botlogile Tshireletso (Mahalapye East), Ramadeluka Seretse (Serowe North East), Lebonaamang Mokalake (Boteti South), Keletso Rakhudu (Gaborone North) and Patrick Masimolole (Mogoditshane).

Christian de Graaff of Ghanzi South, Neo Moroka of Kgalagadi South, Peter Siele of Ngwaketse South, Kitso Mokaila of Barolong and Edward Raletobana of Kweneng South East will also enter Parliament for the first time as MPs.

Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri of Molepolole North and Vistor Moruti of Okavango, who have been specially elected MPs before, are on the list of those entering the House as elected representatives.

Across the isle, new faces on BNF side will be BNF's Akanyang Magama (Gaborone South), Olebilie Gaborone (South East North), Obakeng Moumakwa (Kgalagadi North), Calvin Batsile (Kanye North), Filbert Nagafela (Letlhakeng West), Gordon Mokgwathi (Letlhakeng East) and Mephato Reatile (Ngwaketse South).

BNF returnees Paul Rantao (Gaborone West North) and Isaac Mabiletsa (Kgatleng East) were in the seventh Parliament but lost favour with the voter after defecting to form the BCP.


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