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"Madam Speaker, Sir" beyond the Politics

Nashas book-001Authored by Speaker of Parliament Margret N. Nasha, "Madam Speaker Sir"Authored by Speaker of Parliament Margret N. Nasha, "Madam Speaker Sir" has without a doubt ruffled a few feathers in the past weeks since its release. In this auto-biography MmaNasha as we've fondly come to know her shares with us the achievements and disappointments in her somewhat extraordinary political and personal life. While the book is no literary marvel in the sense of its basic writing, MMaNasha's honesty makes it a good enough read.

In this Autobiography the iconic woman leaves no stone unturned. She freely discusses her childhood, that of her children and even her ex-husbands adultery and her 'criminal dealing' with it. It's hard to imagine the respectable Speaker of Parliament throwing a pile of bricks at someone's house but the personal anecdote is still quite humorous because it makes the book more intimate and compelling. There is a feeling that she is still telling it like it is and throws away her veneer of respectability. She is not necessarily concerned about what people will say.

However, her chapters on her family (including the other woman) show a side to MmaNasha that young girls in our country need to see, that even she is a woman. It puts her within reach, makes her relatable giving inspiration to young women that beyond their dirty laundry, cheating boyfriends, controlling men and beautiful children is something that belongs solely to them.

It is un-debatable that Madam Speaker, Sir was a necessary book in our society today. Not only in reminding young women that she is amongst those who broke the barriers that we are allowing to be reintroduced in our lives, but also in reminding us that Botswana is a democracy. That, within that democracy is the freedom of speech.

While MmaNasha now faces criticism for openly discussing the politics of the ruling party and President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama's leadership style, and secret missions she participated in during her years of long service as a Minister she has reminded the country of the importance of freedom of speech. In this book she discusses the compliance of BDP members in advising the President and confirms the existence of factions within the ruling party. Although she exposes destructive nature of these fractions, there is nothing to be shocked about.

MmaNasha has shown herself to be a revolutionary, releasing a book that could quite possibly end her political career on such an important year. What this book does tell us about her is that she is here for the people and above all for herself. Madam Speaker, Sir is a book that was owed to each and every Motswana, regardless of political affiliation, age and gender, and quite frankly it would be impossible to forgive MmaNasha if she had never published it.

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