Ministers, MPs rebel against Merafhe

source: Sunday Standard
by Edgar Tsimane
02-08-2010

Scores of cabinet ministers and Botswana Democratic Party backbenchers on Friday rebelled against Vice President Merafhe in parliament and voted alongside opposition MPs.

BDP parliamentarians met in caucus Friday at tea break where Merafhe instructed them to vote against an amendment to a motion calling on government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into why Botswana did not benefit from the just ended football World Cup.

The proposed amendment to the motion moved by Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) MP Botsalo Ntuane had been tabled by deputy speaker, Pono Moatlhodi.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Phandu Skelemani, the Assistant Minister of Local Government, Kentse Rammidi, Tonota South MP and deputy speaker, Pono Moatlhodi, Francistown West MP, Tshelang Masisi, Gaborone South MP, Kagiso Molatlhegi and Tswapong North MP Prince Maele, however defied Merafhe’s instructions and voted with [continue reading]

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