Opposition party members of parliament on Friday castigated the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi, saying he was untrustworthy and was in the habit of presenting untruths to parliament whenever it suits him.
Kgathi was presenting a statement to parliament retracting the facts of the answer he gave to MP for Gabane-Mmankgodi Pius Mokgware’s question in March 2015 in which he indicated that in respect of declaration of assets, cabinet members were declaring their interests to the president, judges to the Chief Justice and Members of Parliament to the Speaker of the National Assembly. “Madam Speaker, I wish to retract my submission in relation to Members of Parliament and Judicial Officers as I have since established that this is not the case,” said Kgathi. In explaining why he presented the answer as it was at the time, Kgathi said his answer was based on the expectation on the part of the executive that members of parliament would declare their interests to the speaker and judicial officers to the chief Justice.
When quizzed why as a long serving member of parliament and a cabinet minister such a fact would evade his attention, Kgathi responded by saying that, they in the ruling party base their affairs on good governance values and hence declaration of assets would be standard practice.
However his explanation was met by fierce criticism from opposition party members who scolded him for having misled the house on several occasions. Francistown East Member of Parliament Wynter Mmolotsi said that it was a well-known fact that Kgathi has presented the parliament with wrong information before. “The honorable member is in the habit of producing untruths to parliament,” he said. Gaborone Central Member of Parliament Dr Phenyo Butale also accused Kgathi of deliberately misleading parliament.