Show simple item record Balisi, S. Ramoroka, T. 2019-10-10T09:19:00Z 2019-10-10T09:19:00Z 2019
dc.description Article published in the 4th Annual International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternatives 03 - 05 July 2019, Southern Sun Hotel, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract Section 47 (1) and (2) of the constitution of Botswana provides thus; the executive power of Botswana shall vest in the President and subject to the provisions of this Constitution, shall be exercised by him either directly or through officers' subordinate to him. In the exercise of any function conferred upon him by this Constitution, or any other law the President shall, unless it is otherwise provided, act in his own deliberate judgement and shall not be obliged to follow the advice tendered by any other person or authority. This paper examines this provision and argues that such provision accords the president extensive executive powers and promotes personal rule. In other words, the constitution of Botswana accords the president absolute powers and that is undemocratic. The paper further argues that this provision undermines the functioning of the Judiciary and the Legislature thereby compromising the doctrine of separation of powers. In addition, the paper posits that this provision has led to the dominance of the Executive arm of government over Parliament and the Judiciary. In such circumstances the accountability of the President to the citizenry is compromised. In view of these, this paper argues that section 47 of the Constitution of Botswana is out-dated, undemocratic and is overdue for amendment. en_US
dc.format.extent 9 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternative (IPADA) en_US
dc.relation.requires pdf en_US
dc.subject Constitution of Botswana en_US
dc.subject Judiciary en_US
dc.subject Legislature, Section 47 en_US
dc.subject Personal Rule en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Executive power en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Botswana--Politics and government en_US
dc.title Section 47 of the Constitution of Botswana: An Ingredient for Personal Rule en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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