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Kgathi briefs MPs on seconded judges

Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi has informed Parliament that there were no High Court judges seconded to any of the Court of Appeal sessions between 2012 and the end of 2013.

He said Judge Phumaphi and Judge Newman were seconded to the Court of Appeal in January 2014 while Judge Rannowane and Judge Dambe were seconded to the October 2016 session.

Mr Kgathi said Judge Rannowane was again seconded to the Court of Appeal in December 2016.

He said in 2017, Judge Walia and Judge Leburu were seconded to the January session of the Court of Appeal while Judge Dambe was seconded to the April 2017 one.

In addition, he told Parliament that Judge Walia, Judge Rannowane and Judge Tau were seconded to the July 2017 session of the Court of Appeal. 

“For the October 2017 Court of Appeal session, Judge Makhwade and Judge Tau were seconded while Judge Makhwade was again seconded to the December 2017 session.

Judge Tafa was recently seconded to the January 2018 session,” he said.

The minister stated that Judge Phumaphi and Judge Newman were both seconded to the Court of Appeal once in January 2014.

He said Judge Tafa was seconded twice between 2016 and 2018, adding that Judge Rannowane was seconded three times between 2016 and 2017.

Mr Kgathi said Judge Dambe was seconded two times between 2016 and 2017 while Judge Motswagole was seconded once in 2016.

“Judge Leburu and Judge Walia were both seconded once in 2017 while Judge Tau and Judge Makhwade were both seconded twice in 2017,” he said.

MP for Francistown East, Mr Buti Billy had asked him to state the names of the High Court judges who had been seconded to act at the Court of Appeal from January 2012 to date in line with Section 99 (2) (c) of the Constitution of Botswana that states that High Court judges are judges of the Court of Appeal.

MP Billy also wanted the minister to state the number of times each of the judges was invited to sit at the Court of Appeal. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : BOPA

Location : GABORONE

Event : Parliament

Date : Feb 08 Thu,2018

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