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Kgosi Tawana chastises Speaker

MAUN: The Member of Parliament for Maun West, Kgosi Tawana Moremi attacked the Speaker of the National Assembly, Gladys Kokorwe at a fully packed meeting at the Batawana main Kgotla on Monday, citing her unfairness in conducting parliament session.


Kokorwe is on country tour programme of taking parliament to the people. Kgosi Tawana says the way members of parliament are pointed to speak in parliament only favours those in the ruling party and it is planned to frustrate opposition members, and are made to look as they are not contributing in parliament.


He highlighted that ‘those’ other members of parliament can make it hard for another member to express their views at the parliament (particularly himself). Kgosi Tawana said those members have invented a back stabbing plan to make sure that their target does not get the chance to speak.

He revealed that as it is at parliament whoever wants to get a chance to speak has to catch Kokorwe’s attention by making gestures by jumping up and down to have a chance to deliberate on the matter put on the table.


“In our parliament if some members of the parliament do not want you to talk they will mark you and make sure they divert the entire Speaker’s attention to themselves and make sure you never get the chance to speak until the stipulated time runs out,” said Kgosi Tawana.


Tawana further said the parliament standing orders are outdated and need to be revised so that they can be fair to all Members of Parliament. He highlighted that if the Speaker of the house does not want you to speak there is nothing that you can do, even if the motion discussed affects your constituency, Tawana even dared Kokorwe to stand up and dispute what he was saying which the Speaker refused to do.


Kgosi Tawana disclosed that in the previous parliament sitting he suggested that each Member of Parliament should be given stipulated time for each of them to get a chance to express their views.


Tawana noted that parliament has become a meeting place where bills and motions are passed but there is nothing that ensures they are implemented He gave the example of the declarations of assets motion which he said was long passed by Parliament but has not been enacted “there is nothing that we say in parliament that is implemented, I suggested that we have a motion that forces implementers to implement all the motions that are passed, failure to do so they can be held accountable,” Tawana said.


He pointed out that a lot needs to be done in order for parliament of Botswana to grow and be effective, “most of the times we never form quorum, and parliament proceeding are affected, it is in this context that I fully agree with live broadcast of parliament proceedings on television as it might help in curbing this absence of Members of Parliament particularly cabinet ministers who never show up to answer our questions. This is contributes to people losing confidence in the Parliament of Botswana.”


The Speaker of the National Assembly, Gladys Kokorwe, in an interview with Weekend Post confirmed that live broadcast of parliament proceedings had been agreed by parliament. “It has been agreed, and am pretty certain it will be done soon, funds permitting, it is something that am looking forward to, it will definitely help me because the public will see how their representatives are behaving and will also expose those who skip parliament.”


Kgosi Tawana also called on the Speaker of the house to see to it that Members of Parliament’s offices in constituencies are fully budgeted for. He complained that the budget allocated to them is not enough to carry out their duties ending up using their own money “every time we are to hold meetings or carry out some programmes in the area I have to take out money from my pocket.”

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“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

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Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

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