Sefhare-Ramokgoname Member of Parliament and also Minister of Health and Wellness, Dorcas Makgato is unapologetic on her mission to see more women coming to the National Assembly after the 2019 general election.
She is concerned by the likely drop in female parliamentarians come 2019, but her push to retain her position of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Women’s Wing chairmanship could just afford her the platform to ensure for a thorough women agenda, at least at her party. Mahalapye East Member of Parliament, Botlogile Tshireletso has already announced that she will not contest the 2019 general election;
The late former Tlokweng constituency Member of Parliament, Same Bathobakae will be replaced by a man owing to the candidates already campaigning for the bye-election; Serowe South Member of Parliament, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi may not be available for 2019. These are signs that worry the women in politics because their numbers in Parliament appear to drop with every election.
“I am availing myself for the position of BDP Women’s Wing chairperson again because two years is not enough to turn around an organisation and achieve what you intend to achieve,” she stated in an interview. Makgato wants to be given another term so that she can transform the BDP Women’s Wing and influence the impact of women in politics in Botswana.
Makgato and her team, which still supports her bid, intend to use internal party processes to lobby Government to ratify the SADC Gender Protocol. “This will ensure a good start in pumping up the mission to push more able women into politics,” she said. She said women will need to be knowledgeable, have political understanding and be economically empowered if they are to succeed in their quest to make to high political offices.
“You will acknowledge that as a soon as you are elected, the first year you format, and the second year that is when you start executing. My main focus was to transform the engagement processes, align them with party structures and ensure that they are functional,” she said. She observed that there is need for platforms were issues of policy could be addressed because elective congresses are not productive because people focus mainly on mobilisation to get votes hence the need to transform the engagement processes.
Makgato said she has been busy during her reign as she focused on three things including pursuing the BDP congress to allow the Women’s Wing to hold its congress before the National Council of the party so that their resolutions could be discussed during the same year. The BDP Women’s Wing holds its congress from March 13th to 17th under the theme Empowered and United for 2019.
According to the Minister, she also focused on creating a platform of engagement on issues that look at programmes, policies and interactions that could project the Women’s Wing voice. She said they came up with an Annual General Meeting which was first held in Mahalapye and attended by 1000 people to ensure thorough dialogue on issues that are relevant to the empowerment of women and strengthening of the party.
At the first AGM, Makgato and her team focused on socio-economic and political empowerment. The resolutions of the AGM will be submitted and subjected and congress discussion. “We had very thorough discussions including focus on issues such as gender based violence, social empowerment among others, we want to influence the law as far as these things are concerned,” she said. On social empowerment, Makgato said they want to impact directly on programmes and their implementation.
Makgato said political empowerment will need Botswana to ratify the SADC gender protocol. She also intends to work around the clock with her team to provide capacity building, skills development, and mentorship to young BDP members. “BDP members should reap the benefits of the many programs on offer to upskill themselves. We want to influence policy, for us to do that we must be capacitated.”
Commenting on the forthcoming BDP congress where a central committee will be elected, Makgato said: “we strongly believe that every structure of the party must be supportive of the central committee, as the Women’s Wing we are ready to ensure that structures work after the BDP internal democracy has done its part.
It is of utmost importance that all structures are united because through unity 2019 is guaranteed.” Makgato warned that the only threat for the BDP towards 2019 is disunity and malicious politics. She cited the example that there are those who are hell-bent on brewing acrimony between her and the Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, but she is not going to validate their agenda.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.
The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.
This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.