Legislators Undergo Training

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Newly sworn in Members of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to devote their energy to ensuring that the 11th Parliament achieves its mandate.

Speaking at the orientation of MPs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi said MPs should find a way of nurturing collaboration and proper coordination so that the role of Parliament within the three arms of government could be a smooth one.

“Where there is no coordination, consultation and collaboration amongst the three arms of government, there is bound to be confusion and somebody suffers along the way,” she said.

She said the 10th Parliament was marred with such confusion and experienced some degree of oversight and difficulty, which she said should not be condoned during the 11th Parliament. Dr Venson-Moitoi also asked the MPs who formed part of the 10th Parliament to share their experiences to avoid the mistakes made previously.

She said the independence of Parliament should be done in full consideration of what independence meant in relation to other two arms of the governing authorities, the judiciary and the executive.

Dr Venson- Moitoi said the mandates of the three arms of government should be elaborated and their functions be understood in full recognition and functions of others, so that the harmony is understood and clearly defined so that governance does what it ought to do.

She also said the 11th Parliament has a unique opportunity to complete the journey for ensuring the realisation of national ideals as expressed by Vision 2016 and play part to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals. “Values expressed as ideals are only as good and useful as one put in to realise them,” she said.

On other issues, she said being representatives requires a certain sense of empathy and judiciousness and ability to represent the views and interests of their constituents without compromise to the basic principles of good governance and order.

She said the national interest of building peace order and good governance should always be paramount to MPS, as well as engaging Batswana. The objective of the week-long orientation of first-time MPs is to ensure that MPs, both new and old are acquainted with the functions of the Parliamentary institution.

The emphasis would be on implications for the functioning of the house as the supreme political institution within the system of government.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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