Moswaane wants Khama to update parley on topical key issues
Outspoken Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Francistown West, Ignatious Moswaane has called on President Lt. Gen. Khama to update parliament on issues of national interest.
The BDP MP filed a motion in parliament calling for Khama to among many issues, come up with a comprehensive strategy on how government is going to create jobs as well as prevent job losses.
WeekendPost has established that initially, the legislator wanted Khama to brief parliament through an urgent motion before it closed its business yesterday (Friday), but failed due to resistance from his fellow MP’s at the party caucus citing insufficient time – in the just ended session.
Moswaane wanted Khama to brief the house on his comprehensive strategies to uproot corruption other than the existing ones which were in place before the elections. He also said the president ought to further consider pushing for the independence of parliament. “He should consider setting laws that would be clearly liberating parliament from the executive,” the BDP legislator said in the motion.
According to Moswaane, the reason for the urgency of the motion was that the president’s update would help parliament to determine how best Batswana can access the promises to create a better living for themselves. “We are in the first quarter of the first year in office as the national assembly (eleventh parliament) and there is nothing to take back to the constituencies to show our performance as members of parliament,” he argued.
The MP also stated in the motion that Khama should also stipulate “comprehensive and clearly outlined strategy on citizen empowerment” and “strategies on how government is empowering youth and women in 2015/2016.” He also pointed out that the wealth of the country is not distributed fairly, more especially tenders which are in the hands of the foreigner who have no plans to keep their monies in the country.
In terms of the national budget the Francistown law maker said the president should come up with a strategy on how Batswana are going to benefit from the just approved budget and furthermore questioned why the parliament approved budget while the priorities were done elsewhere.
Moswaane is the first BDP MP to break ranks with his party colleagues and openly call the president Lt. Gen. Ian Khama to account to parliament through a sponsored motion of parliament.
Last month, Moswaane also had his urgent motion postponed calling on government to institute a commission to review salaries for civil servants, and to also investigate whether the salaries for the civil servants matched the cost of living versus income. He wanted government to consider a 10 percent salary increment. He also said they should benchmark with countries with sound economical status as well as phase out low pay structures and consider paying minimum wage of P3500 for the lowest government employee.
At the time, the BDP MP had contended that the motion was urgent as the civil servants morale at work was below average and as a result there was irreparable harm to the economy. “The general believe is that the legislature, executive and judiciary must act jointly in resolving the crisis,” he posited.
This publication understands that all the previous presidents; Sir Seretse Khama, Sir Ketumile Masire and Dr. Festus Mogae never embraced questions and answer sessions in parliament during their respective tenures. In addition, no motion has been moved before to the effect that they should come and brief the national assembly as presented this week by Moswaane.
The Francistown legislator said the president may have adopted the long standing tradition of his predecessors but now has to change.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.