Botswana: Cllr Calls for Constitutional Review

| April 4, 2016

By Kebaeditse Baitlotli

Molepolole - The Kweneng District Council closed its business Friday after discussing nine motions, three of which succeeded while six were withdrawn for various reasons.

Thamaga North councillor, Mr Palelo Motaosane tabled a motion calling for the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration to consider a holistic review of the constitution, saying the current one was overtaken by events.

Cllr Motaosane argued that the constitution was overdue for revision because it was made 49 years ago, and that the constant reviewing of its sections showed that there was need for the review.

Appealing for support from his colleagues, he said his motion was aimed at addressing irregularities in the constitution and to avoid reviewing it in bits and pieces.

Supporting the motion, the Gabane councillor argued that reviewing the constitution was long overdue considering how often sections of the constitution have been reviewed.

Kumakwane councillor, Ms Winnie Cassim's two motions calling for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to consider increasing Home Based Care and Old Age Pensioners allowances from P230 and P350 to P540 succeeded.

Although councillors failed to get an appropriate answer on what informed the proposed P540, the motion passed through the support of other councilors.

Cllr Cassim said the responsibility of Home Based Care volunteers was too much, saying the increase would motivate and encourage them to continue with the voluntary work they were doing.

She said although the government aimed to dignify the lives of pensioners, the P350 monthly allowance was too small to sustain their lives.

Meanwhile, two motions tabled by Ditshegwane councillor, Tsabahule Kgothang calling for Kgare/Sebotswana and Masupi to be incorporated into Ditshegwane and Maboane was withdrawn because a resolution was previously taken to have the said areas incorporated as proposed.

Councillor Motlhophi Leo requested for the temporary withdrawal of the motion to allow the office of the council chairperson to provide the resolution previously taken regarding the settlements.

The mover reluctantly withdrew the motion after he was advised that he could re-table it in the June session in case a convincing answer was not provided.

Cllr Kgothang said the previous motion called for Kgare/Sebotswana to be declared a recognised settlement while his motion requested for incorporation into existing villages

Source: All Africa

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