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Masisi breaks tradition in appointment of CJ

Publishing Date : 30 April, 2018


Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi says that has confirmed the appointment of Justice Terence Rannowane as the Chief Justice.

Yesterday, President Mokgweetsi Masisi appointed Justice Terence Rannowane the new Chief Justice (CJ), a nephew to the outgoing Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo. Dibotelo is retiring from the office at the end of this month (April 2018).
Morupisi confirmed that Judge Dibotelo and Judge Rannowane are both from Thamaga village, and judge Dibotelo is judge Rannowane’s uncle.

 The PSP said people should not read much into the relations of the two justices. In an interview Morupisi told this publication that, “It doesn’t matter at all. It is nothing. It has got no base,” he said, adding that, they cannot deny someone the opportunity because he is from the same village and or related to his predecessor.

 “We look at the objectives: qualifications, length of service, integrity etc….Former CJ does not play a part in the appointment.” Quizzed whether the Office of the President (OP) knew the two were relatives at the time of the appointment, Morupisi’s response was that, “It is obvious, Akere they are from the same village.”

Judge Rannowane was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 2008. He has 28 years of experience service in the judiciary and has been assigned different roles amongst which he chaired the Delimitation Commission in 2012.
Justice Rannowane also serves as chairman of the National Parole Board. He holds a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Botswana obtained in 1990 and a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) from the University of Warwick from the United Kingdom obtained in 2003.

The general practice on the appointment of the Chief Justice has been such that the most senior Judge takes the position. However Rannowane’s appointment breaks this tradition because Justices Makhwade, Tafa, and Letsididi are senior to him. Justice Makhwade was recently appointed to the Court of Appeal recently through Justice Dibotelo’s recommendation.

Meanwhile, Justice Rannowane has a pending case before the court in which has dragged government to court over an audit report suggesting that he drew housing allowance he was not entitled to. His contention was that the audit report be set aside because he insists that he does not owe the Administration of Justice, saying he was entitled to the allowances they received.



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