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Ntlo ya Dikgosi

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Botswana

The Ntlo ya Dikgosi (Tswana for "House of Chiefs") in Botswana is an advisory body to the country's parliament.

Contents

  • Composition 1
  • Powers 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Composition

The house consists of 35 members. Eight members are hereditary chiefs (kgosi) from Botswana's principal tribes (baKgatla, baKwêna, baMalete, bamaNgwato, baNgwaketse, baRôlông, baTawana, and baTlôkwa). Another 22 members are indirectly elected and serve five-year terms. Of these, four are chosen from sub-chiefs in the districts of North-East, Chobe, Ghanzi, and Kgalagadi. The remaining 5 members are appointed by the country's president. They must be at least 21 years of age, proficient in the English language, and have not participated in active politics in the past five years. Chiefs may not belong to political parties.[1]

Powers

The house acts as a purely advisory body to the Parliament and has no legislative nor veto power. All bills affecting tribal organization and property, customary law, and the administration of customary courts go through the house before being discussed in the National Assembly. Members must also be consulted when the constitution is being reviewed or amended. The body has the power to summon members of government to appear before it.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ntlo Ya Dikgosi". Parliament of Botswana. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
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