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     The current Speaker of the National Assembly,    
Hon. Gladys K. T. Kokorwe, PH, MP

 


 According to Section (59) of the Constitution of Botswana there shall be a Speaker of the National Assembly who shall be elected by the Members of the Assembly from among persons who are Members of the  Assembly or from among persons who are not Members of the Assembly.

The role of the Speaker shall be as follows:

  1. To serve as head of the National Assembly, and he or she shall safeguard and maintain the independence and authority of the National Assembly.
  2. To preside, with complete impartiality over Parliamentary debates and he or she shall protect the freedom of speech and debate in the National Assembly and its Committees.
  3. To protect the right of all Members of Parliament including the minority and be the guardian of the privileges of the National Assembly.
  4. To perform the duties of the spokesperson of the National Assembly in its relations with other organs of Government and with outside institutions and persons.
  5. To represent the National Assembly in conferences, seminars and workshops as leader of delegations. In such representation, the Speaker shall be accountable to the National Assembly and to all its members.
  6. Be responsible for the administration of Parliament and for ensuring that the staff provides Parliament and its Members with quality service.
  7. To develop Parliament through reform and transformative changes in order to enable Parliament to play its institutional role by promoting the principle of checks and balances.
  8. To advance the cause of interests and welfare of Members of Parliament and the staff of Parliament.
  9. To chair All – Party Caucus meetings and or briefings not related to government business.

Former Speakers of the National Assembly:

Hon. Dr. A. M. Merriweather, O.B.E, MP
1st Speaker of the National Assembly
1965 - 1968
Hon. A. A. F. Lock, MP
2nd Speaker of the National Assembly
1968 - 1978
Hon. J. G. Haskins, O.B.E, J.P, MP
3rd Speaker of the National Assembly
1979 - 1989
Hon. M. P. Nwako, PH, MP
4th Speaker of the National Assembly
1989 - 1999
Hon. M. R. Molomo, PH, MP
5th Speaker of the National Assembly
1999 - 2004
Hon. P.K. Balopi, MP
6th Speaker of the National Assembly
2004 - 2009
Hon. Dr M. N. Nasha, PH, MP
7th Speaker of the National Assembly
2009 - 2014
Hon. G. K. T. Kokorwe, PH, MP
8th Speaker of the National Assembly
2014 - to date
 

The current Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly,
Hon. Kagiso P. Molatlhegi, MP


The National Assembly shall be presided over by the Speaker in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker; or in the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, such Member of the Assembly may be elected for that sitting.

Former Deputy Speakers of the National Assembly:

Hon. G. G. Sebeso, MP

1965 - 1989

Hon. E. S. Masisi PH, PMS, MP

1989 - 1993

1994 - 1999

Hon. L. Makgekgenene, MP

1993 - 1994

Hon. B. K. Temane, MP

1999 - 2004

Hon. G. K. T. Kokorwe, MP

2004 - 2008

Hon. T. D. Mogami, MP

2008 - 2009

Hon. P. P. P. Moatlhodi, MP

2009 - 2014

Hon. K. P. Molatlhegi, MP

2014 - to date