BDP Should Account – Masisi

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, says he appreciates and concur with the Leader of Opposition (LOO) on the issue of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) being held accountable for government programmes and policies.

Mr Masisi, who was responding to the State-of-Nation Address on December 9, said Batswana at large should hold BDP accountable for performance of programmes and policies. “The honourable LOO will subject government programmes to rigorous monitoring and evaluation, a welcome and expected move in any democracy,” he said.

He said the BDP government aocated for participatory leadership and that the effort by opposition would go a long way in ensuring that programmes were implemented under the watchful eyes of all.

Mr Masisi further noted that fundamental principle of democracy promoted tolerance and appreciation for opposition, adding that was not new to Batswana culture of accommodating dissenting and divergent views.

Mr Masisi said this unique interactive culture has been successfully demonstrated in Parliament since independence and laws had been enacted through the process.”As leader of the house, I would be terribly worried if opposition members would silently watch the proceedings of Parliament without substantive contribution,” he said.

He said President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has also opened doors and dialogue with the LOO to precisely demonstrate proclivity for cooperation and collegiality.

Vice President further said issues raised by LOO such as youth unemployment, landlessness, education and wages had specifically been addressed as priority areas in the President’s report.

He said it should be noted that since independence, Botswana has made significant strides in managing the economy that had been resilient to global shocks, but had not been free of some negative setbacks that were part and parcel of development.

Mr Masisi further said allegations or fear of exclusion and inequality as put by LOO in his address, were unfounded

He said geographical barriers did not in any way disaantage Batswana as through the implementation of the affirmative action, there was support for leather industry, textiles, horticulture and demarcation of special economic zones, are all clear indication of the government’s zeal to achieve economic growth through diversification and capitalisation on local industries.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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