Francistown West MP Ignatius Moswaane has accused the Speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe of treating him unfairly when he wants to debate in Parliament.
Moswaane, who had asked the Minister of Presidential Affairs if he was aware that National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) has stopped funding some organisations which has been helping to combat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the country and wanted to make a follow up on the answer, was cut off by the speaker. Kokorwe accused Moswaane of always being late to parliament even when he knows that he had asked a question.
“Owaii nna ke feletse gone foo jaanong (I will stop there with debates now),” said the maverick Francistown West MP, throwing hands in the air. He then continued to tell Kokorwe that he has realised that whenever he wanted to say something in parliament, the speaker will cut him off.
“Ke bone heela gore tota wena o ntlhoile (I have realised that you hate me),” he said.
Responding to the accusations, Kokorwe laughed off and said that she does not hate Moswaane and that is the last thing she would do. In an interview outside parliament, Moswaane said that he is not happy with the way the speaker is always treating him.
“This is not the first time she treats me like this and rarely allows me to speak in Parliament. I am more comfortable when the deputy speaker Kagiso Molatlhegi is in charge as he is not biased,” said Moswaane. Asked if he has registered his complaint with the office of the speaker, the Francistown West legislator said that he has not done that.