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Thuggery in Parliament

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 13 July 2016   |   By Staff Writer
Masisi Masisi

Security in Parliament has been intensified following a violent outburst on Tuesday afternoon, which saw an opposition MP throw a projectile (a water bottle) across the aisle of the House, hitting the Deputy Speaker Kagiso Molatlhegi. Describing the incident as 'unbridled thuggery' and 'unruly behaviour', Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday told Parliament that given the incitement being fomented against the Speaker and Deputy Speaker they 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.

Such acts of brazen violence as well as disrespect should not be tolerated by anyone anywhere. That such a disgraceful act could be perpetuated within this august chamber, by one of its own members is, however, especially deplorable," said Masisi. The missile attack happened just a day after President of Namibia Dr. Hage Geingob addressed Botswana parliament, praising the country as a  beacon to others with its well established democracy. Dr Geingob praised Batswana for their longstanding practice of tolerance and mutual respect for one another. Masisi's speech also hinted that the MP who threw the water bottle is under investigation by "competent law enforcement agencies to investigate and follow through".