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The Ntlo ya Dikgosi ("Tswana for "House of Chiefs") in "Botswana is an advisory body to "the country's parliament.[1]



The house consists of 35 members. Eight members are "hereditary chiefs (kgosi) from Botswana's principal tribes (BaKgatla, BaKwêna, "BaMalete, "BamaNgwato, "BaNgwaketse, "BaRôlông, "BaTawana, and "BaTlôkwa). Another 22 members are indirectly elected and serve five-year terms. Of these, four are chosen from sub-chiefs in the "districts of "North-East, "Chobe, "Ghanzi, and "Kgalagadi. The remaining 5 members are appointed by the country's president. They must be at least 21 years of age, proficient in the "English language, and have not participated in active politics in the past five years. Chiefs may not belong to "political parties.[2]


The house acts as a purely advisory body to the Parliament and has no legislative nor "veto power. All bills affecting tribal organization and property, customary law, and the administration of customary courts go through the house before being discussed in the "National Assembly. Members must also be consulted when the constitution is being reviewed or amended. The body has the power to summon members of government to appear before it.[3]

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  1. ^ Botswana CIA World Handbook
  2. ^ "Ntlo Ya Dikgosi". Parliament of Botswana. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ Werner Zips & Markus Weilenmann (2011) The Governance of Legal Pluralism: Empirical Studies from Africa and Beyond, LIT Verlag Münster, p188
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