More MPs Comment On State-of-Nation Address

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Specially Elected Member of Parliament, Dr Unity Dow has made a number of proposals, which she said would benefit Batswana in the long term.

Among such, Dr Dow proposed that the Ipelegeng programme be expanded to cater for caregivers. Deliberating on the State-of-the-Nation address on November 24, Dr Dow argued that people who took care of those with disabilities and unable to work in Ipelegeng or elsewhere be assessed and qualified as Ipelegeng beneficiaries.

She argued that this would allow people to work from home as part of the Ipelegeng programme and in turn restore their dignity. She said such people be remunerated because they had others to take care of within their homes or community.

On other issues, Dr Dow suggested a number of two-year projects that would see Batswana united and take pride in their communities towards celebrating the country’s 50 years of independence in 2016.

Also, she proposed amendment to electoral laws that would criminalise and punish voter trafficking. She argued that statistics showed that in some constituencies the population had grown by more than 30 per cent.

As such, she argued that there should be some process introduced to confirm eligibility of voters to vote in a particular area. She also suggested that election registration officers be gazetted as Commissioners of Oath for the entire registration period to address issues of eligibility.

Further, Dr Dow also suggested that there be a policy that would enable unclaimed guardian money to be disbursed, given reports of millions of Pula sitting in the guardian fund without being claimed.

She argued that the legislation would authorise distribution of such funds to benefit children in places or organisations such as ChildLine Botswana, SOS or Stepping Stones, among others.

On land shortage, Dr Dow suggested that a policy that would encourage sub-division of plots and resale to land boards or other buyers be introduced. Dr Dow said that would address issues of land shortage andor allocation in Botswana.

She also suggested that there be a policy that would allow or encourage Batswana to harvest rain water. Such policy, she said should require people to build houses with some water from catchment areas so to address water shortage.

Notwithstanding, Dr Dow encouraged other members to offer ideas and alternatives in Parliament in an effort to drive the mandate of improving lives of citizens and taking Botswana forward.

The MP for Gantsi North, Mr Noah Salakae expressed unhappiness with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which he argued should be independent of the Office of the President. Mr Salakae said he did not have confidence on the IEC to execute its mandate to satisfactory levels as the electoral process offset what was expected of it.

His argument was against what President Lt. Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama said in his address recently when he said the IEC had helped to ensure the poll’s success.

While President Khama had also talked about engaging citizens, Mr Salakae argued that kgotla meetings were not the right platform to address challenges that Batswana continued to be faced with, particularly issues concerning the youth. He also said there was need to look into sectors that would create employment for citizens specific to different areas around the country.

To that effect, he said agricultural projects should be targeted in the Kgalagadi area. He also called for the need to vocationalise education, arguing that would bring about skills match between graduates and employers and in turn address issues of unemployment in the country.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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