List of speakers of the National Assembly of Botswana

Botswana Democratic Party Alfred Merriweather Phandu Skelemani
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Speaker of the National Assembly of Botswana
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Incumbent
Phandu Skelemani

since 5 November 2019
National Assembly of Botswana
StatusPresiding officer
SeatNational Assembly Building, Gaborone
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Botswana
Formation1965; 55 years ago (1965)
First holderAlfred Merriweather
1965
DeputyMabuse Pule

The Speaker of the National Assembly is the presiding officer of the unicameral Parliament of Botswana. Since Botswana's independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, eight men and women have served as Speaker. The first, Alfred Merriweather, a Scottish missionary and physician, served from 1965 to 1968. The current Speaker, Phandu Skelemani, has been speaker since 5 November 2019.

List of speakers

Name Office Party
Alfred Merriweather OBE 1965–1968 Botswana Democratic Party
Albert Frank Lock 1968–1979 Botswana Democratic Party
James G. Haskins OBE 1979–1989 Botswana Democratic Party
Moutlakgola P. K. Nwako 1989–1999 Botswana Democratic Party
Matlapeng Ray Molomo 1999–2004 Botswana Democratic Party
Patrick Balopi 2004–2009 Botswana Democratic Party
Margaret Nasha 2009–2014 Botswana Democratic Party
Gladys Kokorwe 2014–2019 Botswana Democratic Party
Phandu Skelemani 2019-present Botswana Democratic Party

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