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BDP against Ntuane reforms

Ntuane is more like a loner in his recent pronouncements
 

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) top brass is strongly opposed to the reform agenda spearheaded by the newly elected secretary general Botsalo Ntuane as majority believe it will deliver power to opposition parties on the silver platter.


Ever since he declared his candidacy for the post of secretary general ahead of Mmadinare congress, Ntuane had reforms part of his agenda, a development which earned him admirers both within and outside the party as reformist.

Ntuane was able to easily defeat his challenger and former Barataphathi faction stalwart Gaotlhaetse Mathabaphiri to succeed Mpho Balopi.


However, the reforms talk have been met by strong resistance within the BDP as majority of influential members believe the introduction of Proportional Representation or hybrid system as proposed by Ntuane will essentially hand over power to opposition in 2019.


 BDP suffered the worst elections result since independence, for the first time retaining power with popular vote below 50 percent. A combined opposition popular vote tilts the scales in favour of opposition should BDP adopt a Proportional Representation (PR) as compared to the current First Past the Post (FTP) used by Botswana.


BDP was able to retain power thanks to the party’s victory in 12 constituencies where it benefited from opposition’s split votes.


Part of Ntuane inspired reforms is to avail party funding for all political parties participating in the general elections. This will effectively work in favour of the opposition parties. For a long time, BDP has been accused of retaining power because of its financial strength as compared to opposition parties. As a party in power, BDP easily attract donors and financiers. However, funding of all political will level the playing field.   
   
Impeccable sources within BDP have also revealed to this publication that differences have emerged between Ntuane and some Sub-Committees. This became evident following reversal of Ntuane’s decision to co-opt Tumy Modise, MacDonald Peloetletse and Selwana Kesebonye to Publicity Sub-Committe. The trio were appointed on the basis that they will help defend the party in the social media spectrum.  


Ntuane however has dismissed talk that the reforms are his sole idea and noted that nothing has been agreed or debated yet. Ntuane revealed that resolution 8 and 9 of the Mmadinare Congress gave the party a go ahead to look possible political reforms.


A BDP Sub-Committee Political Education and Election Committee (PEEC) chaired by Matlhabaphiri has been mandated with exploring the feasibility of political and electoral reforms. The committee has also been tasked with exploring through benchmarking whether consideration should be given to party political funding by government. “It is also a possibility that people may decide to keep the current state of affairs, but everyone will be given an opportunity to say what he thinks,” said Ntuane.


New has it on good authority that for the sole purpose of avoiding an easy defeat by opposition in 2019 because they believe the reforms will benefit opposition more than the ruling party.


Ntuane is a firmer believer of the post 1994 election scenario in which BDP was able to retain power in 1999 despite earlier fears that the party will lose power. Botswana National Front (BNF), the only opposition party in parliament then, rose from three seats to an unprecedented 13 seats in 40 seat parliament. This meant a capturing of just eight more seats in the next elections would have condemned BDP to opposition benches. Ntuane believes reforms such as introduction of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and reduction of voting age helped BDP to cling into power.


However, the political landscape has changed something which the former BDP Executive Secretary could have not paid much attention to. BDP popular vote has been declining since independence and the situation has deteriorated in recent years. BDP strength on winning elections has been having traditional strongholds where it adds a high number of constituencies. With PR in use, such strength will be of no practical relevance.

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Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

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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