Botswana: Parliament Opens

Published: 26/Jul/2020
Source: Botswana Daily News


Gaborone — The topical Constitution (Amendment) Bill, dubbed floor crossing, is expected to take center stage during the third meeting of the first session of the 12th Parliament scheduled to commence today.


The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, seeking to amend the legislation to among others, align the age of majority set out in the Interpretation Act which reduced the it from 21 to 18 years, will also be tabled.

It will be tabled by Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Ms Annah Mokgethi.

The age of majority is a threshold of adulthood and a person who has attained the age of majority assumes full legal capacity and can, without assistance of his or her guardian, enter into a legally binding contract, sue or be sued in his or her own name.

Section 9 of the Citizenship Act makes provision for registration of persons under the age of 21 as citizens where the father or mother of such a person has become a citizen of Botswana, while Section 15 makes provision for dual citizenship up to the age of 21.

It is therefore proposed that Sections 9 and 15 of the Citizenship Act be amended so that the provisions are consistent with the age of majority which has been reduced from 21 to 18 years.


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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Botswana
Year: 2020