Margaret Nasha

Motswana politician

Margaret Nnananyana Nasha (born 6 August 1947) is a Botswana politician who served as the Speaker of the National Assembly from 2009 to 2014 and she was the first woman to hold this position. Nasha worked as a journalist and civil servant before entering politics, and also served a term as Botswana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. She entered the National Assembly at the 1994 general election, and subsequently served as a minister in the governments of Quett Masire and Festus Mogae. A representative of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Nasha was elected to the speakership after the 2009 election.


  • The constitution of Botswana gives too much power to the President and we are the only country in the region, which is still stuck to this.  The President appoints, fires, promotes and demotes army personnel.
  • Democracy to me means government of the people, by the people and not government of the people, by men. Democracy by nature should be inclusive, with proportionate representation of most, if not all sections of the population of a country.
  • The oneness of humanity, the equality of boys and girls in the eyes of God, and the need for honesty and kindliness in their dealings with other people.
  • I commend the teaching of these virtues, "because they ensure that our nation's development is based upon a moral, ethical, and tolerant foundation.

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