There was chaos inside Parliament on Thursday afternoon as Members of Parliament from the opposition exchanged bitter words with the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi, which nearly deteriorated into a fist fight.
The problem started when Kgathi wanted to make a statement regarding the statement that was allegedly made by the leader of opposition Duma Boko at a political rally in Moshupa when he said that members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) are supporting UDC especially jet fighter pilots. Kgathi said that Boko was quoted in the print media but did not dispute the words hence he brought the issue to parliament after the agitated soldiers approached him.
Opposition MPs were against the making of the statement arguing that Minister Kgathi should make the rebuttal at the state media not in parliament or call a press conference. Deputy Speaker of the national assembly Kagiso Molatlhegi was forced to adjourn parliament for ten minutes but things took a nasty turn as MP for Molepolole North Mohammed Khan charged at Kgathi. The two nearly exchanged fists but were restrained by other MPs who pulled away Khan.
In an interview with The Patriot on Sunday during the adjournment, Khan said that Kgathi pushed and hurled unpalatable words to him. “I was just advising him to call a press conference and make the rebuttal instead of wasting parliament time. He then pushed me and insulted me. I then told him that it was unparliamentary and dishouhorable for him to do that,” said Khan.
The Molepolole North MP said Kgathi, who is also MP for Bobirwa, came to him during adjournment and sincerely apologized to him and added that he accepted his apology. Efforts to get a comment from Kgathi were futile as he had to brief the parliament general assembly during the adjournment.