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MPs hurl insults at each other

SHARE   |   Monday, 11 April 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Moswaane and Kgoroba Moswaane and Kgoroba

The 2nd meeting of the 2nd session of the 11th parliament closed in a dramatic fashion on Friday without debating a single motion debated as MPs hurled insults at each other. Some even threatened each other physically. Things took a dramatic twist after the controversial MP for Francistown West, Ignatius Moswaane moved  to table an urgent motion calling on Parliament to expunge from the Hansard a statement made by the Leader of Opposition Duma Boko that Chinese embassy was closed due to diplomatic tiff with Botswana. Opposition MPs stood on points of order, saying that the motion cannot be allowed as it was political gimmicks by the ruling party to use it ahead of the Phillip Matante by-elections in Francistown South. The voluble MP for Gaborone North, Haskins Nkaingwa, accused the ruling party MPs of political witchcraft and threatened to remove the headgear for Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

It was clear that the Speaker of the House Gladys Kokorwe was losing control of the House as MPs from both side hurled insults at each other. The insults reach a climax when MP for Mogoditshane Sedirwa Kgoroba called Moswaane a ‘fool’ and the former Monarch South councillor didn’t let it lie down as he fired back. “Ke wena sematla Chillyboy o gogang motokwane (It is you Chilly who is a fool and you dagga smoker),” hit out the fuming Moswaane. It was at this time that Parliament fell into chaos as opposition MPs switched all their microphones and stood up. “Kante wena wa go nna Tautona o ntse jang ha o didimetse hela jaana, (what kind of president are you going to be when you’re just quiet),” said the youthful MP for Selibe-Phikwe West Dithapelo Keorapetse pointing finger to Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi who sat quietly smiling.