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BUDGET SPEECH

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2023/2024 

Budget speech to be delivered by Hon. Peggy. O Serame. MP, Minister of Finance 

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TODAY'S ORDER PAPER

 

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Today's Order Paper

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 BOTSWANA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

O R D E R P A P E R

(WEDNESDAY 27TH JULY, 2022)

QUESTIONS HRS/MINS

1400 – 1445

 

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MR. M. I. MOSWAANE, MP. (FRANCISTOWN WEST): To ask the Minister of Lands and Water Affairs:

(i) when they intend to allocate plots at Gerald Estates which were serviced in 2012;

 

(ii) to confirm whether the serviced land will be able to yield more than 40 000 plots.

 

 

 

(450)

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MR. S. N. MOABI, MP. (TATI WEST): To ask the Minister of Defence and Security to state:

(i) how many cases of motor vehicle theft were recorded in the Tati West Constituency since 2015; and

 

(ii) which points of entry/exit the thieves used to exit Botswana with the vehicles in question and the numbers recovered.

 

(451)

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MR. K. K. KAPINGA, MP. (OKAVANGO): To ask the Minister of Lands and Water Affairs whether the concession given to Makgobokgobo Youth Trust in the Okavango area was given to such a trust on behalf of the community and not to a private consortium of youth.

(452)

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MR. L. LESEDI, MP. (SEROWE SOUTH): To ask the Minister of Defence and Security to update this Honourable House on why the cluster villages of Mogome, Mokgware, Radisele, Mogorosi and Mothamo have not been provided with Special Constables and when his Ministry will deploy Special Constables to the said villages; he should further state:

(i) why the deployment and increase of police presence has not been prioritized in these areas bearing in mind the relative distance between the cluster villages mentioned and the upward increase in crime;

 

(ii) which villages in the Serowe South Constituency have Special Constables;

 

(iii) what happened to the two (2) police posts which were promised and supposed to be built in Serowe to respond to the increasing crime in the region; and

 

(453)

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MR. M. BALOPI, MP. (GABORONE NORTH): To ask the Minister of Lands and Water Affairs to state progress towards changing the current land tenure system as was pledged in 2019: and

(i) when does Government expect that the new changes will be made and implemented to allow land owners to have owner rights over land and not just user rights; and

 

(ii) whether the Minister is aware that user rights limit the potential for entrepreneurial activity which may create the much needed jobs for Batswana.

 

(455)

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MR. D. L. KEORAPETSE, MP. (SELEBI PHIKWE WEST): To ask the Minister of Health to explain the status of the maternity ward in Selebi Phikwe Hospital and in particular to state and explain:

(i) number of delivery beds, if these are enough, when they were bought and if they are modern with the necessary features;

 

(ii) privacy situation of mothers delivering babies simultaneously or at very close intervals; and

 

(iii) how he is addressing the issue.

 

(456)

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MR. W. B. MMOLOTSI, MP. (FRANCISTOWN SOUTH): To ask the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to state:

(i) the number of people on the waiting list for Self Help Housing Agents (SHHA) plots allocation in the City of Francistown; and

 

(ii) when the last allocation was done and how many people were allocated plots.

 

(457)

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MR. G. KEKGONEGILE, MP. (MAUN EAST): To ask the Minister of Transport and Public Works if he is aware of worsening inhabitable conditions of houses accommodating Central Government Public Service workers around the country and to further state:

(i) the number of houses owned by Government and accommodating Central Government workers in the Maun Administrative Authority;

 (ii) the number of houses in good and bad conditions respectively;

 

(iii) how many of the houses have been reported for maintenance by tenants;

 

(458)

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DR. K. GOBOTSWANG, MP. (SEFHARE-RAMOKGONAMI): To ask the Minister of Transport and Public Works to update this Honourable House on the implementation of recommendations from the 2019 Railway Passenger Train Accident as per previous assurances made before the Honourable House.

(459)

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MR. K. NKAWANA, MP. (SELEBI PHIKWE EAST): To ask the Minister of Transport and Public Works to inform this Honourable House when he intends to fast track or expedite the opening of the Botshabelo Post Office. He should also update this House on whether the same post office shall have convenience rooms to cater for the elderly who usually queue for long hours to relieve their payment at month ends.

(460)

11.

MR. O. REGOENG, MP. (MOLEPOLOLE NORTH): To ask the Minister of Finance:

(i) to confirm or deny that a foreign company has been engaged to provide consultancy services at Botswana Unified Revenue Services;

 (ii) if the engagement was a direct appointment or through close or open tender arrangement; if it was through open tender, how many Batswana and Botswana companies expressed interest;

 

(iii) whether the answer at 1 above is yes, can the Minister state the duration of the contract and the fees attached; and

 

(iv) if she is aware of some allegations of misconduct and corruption (at the country of origin) involving one of the key directors of the company engaged.

 

(461)

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MR. P. P. P. MOATLHODI, MP. (TONOTA): To ask the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to state the hold up in liaising with the Semotswane/Morale residents regarding their long awaited verdict on their Bogosi matter, given that some COVID-19 regulations have now been relaxed; and further explain why the installation of Kgosi yoo RaKgari at Tonota Village has nottaken place despite Boo-Rakgari having long agreed and submitted the name of their preferred Kgosi.

(412)

 

NOTICE OF MOTIONS AND ORDERS OF THE DAY HRS/MINS

SECOND READING 1445 –1800

 

 

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Media Practitioners’ Association Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 8 of 2022)

 

 

An Act to provide for the establishment of the Media Practitioners’ Association and its mandate, for the purpose of preserving the freedom and independence of the media; for the establishment of the Media Practitioners’ Board, its functions and proceedings; for the establishment of the Complaints and Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee to adjudicate over breaches of the provisions of the Act; and for matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.

(Published on 21st June, 2022)

(Minister for State President)

(Resumed Debate)

 

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Legal Practitioners Bill, 2022 (Amendment), (Bill No. 9 of 2022)

 

An Act to provide for the admission, enrolment and practice of legal practitioners in Botswana and matters ancillary thereto.

 

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DAILY HANSARD - JULY 22

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TESTING: Roll Out Training

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Assistant Project Facilitator Mr.Kefentse Masimolole 

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Botswana Speaks highlighted at the World e-Parliament Conference 2014, Seoul

The opportunities and risks of using social media was the red line running through the conference. Members on every continent are grappling with ways to make effective use to social networks to engage citizens in authentic conversation about the issues that matter to them.

The presentation by Hon. Motlhale from Botswana was a great demonstration of how parliament can use SMS messages to listen to the people.

More details here

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830 cases on the Botswana Speaks platform!

Since April 2013, constituents from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South have been using the Botswana Speaks platform (U-Speak) to share issues, opinions or to request information from their Members of Parliament.
Botswana Speaks gave a chance to Members of Parliament from those four constituencies to receive input and to reply directly to them via the online platform or via SMS! At the end of the pilot (March 2014) there were 830 cases on U-Speak!

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Key lessons learnt from the evaluation of the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative

Success factors:

The pilot phase of the project was initiated as scheduled in April 2013. Since then some interesting outcomes have emerged from the pilot phase in line with the overall objectives of the project:
•    Citizens have shared their views with their MPs;
•    Parliament has made bills and motions available to the public early in the decision-making process (April 2013);
•    Some MPs responded to their constituents’ via the platform;
•    Constituency meetings took place regularly to present the project;
•    Capacity building enhanced throughout the pilot phase;
•    Initiative was very well received at international events.

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“Inclusive Innovation in Governance: Critical reflections from Botswana” to be presented @ UKAIS 2014 Conference

An analytical paper on the Botswana Speaks project titled “Inclusive Innovation in Governance: Critical reflections from Botswana” by Somya Joshi, Kheira Belkacem, Vasilis Koulolias and Vasso Zalavra was accepted for the 19th UKAIS Conference on Information Systems in Oxford, UK. It will be presented by Somya Joshi on 9 April. 

This paper will be reworked in line with peer-reviewed comments and additional end user data that has come in during March 2014, to be submitted to a top journal in the field of ICT4D.

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Ready to use toolkit

A ready to use toolkit was created following the validation of the platform. It includes:

·      A version of the latest software used, ready for installation.

·      General documentation for the software.

·      Training modules on Initiative Planning / Initiative Implementation.

·      Training material on Marketing, and relevant promotional material in editable versions.

 

Image courtesy of Keerati / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This tool kit aims at interested local, regional, national African institutions that plan to initiate, implement or finance initiatives to foster participative models towards decision-making who can use it to evaluate, plan and manage those initiatives. 

The link to the toolkit will be available soon.

 

 

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Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative to be rolled-out to all constituencies

Hon. Odirile Motlhale, Chairman for the Committee on Communications, Works, Transport and Technology, and Member of Parliament (MP) involved in the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative, has announced during a Committee meeting on 5 February 2014 that the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative will be rolled-out to all constituencies. Since April 2013, constituents from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South have been using the Botswana Speaks platform to share issues, opinions or to request information from their Members of Parliament. Project partners from eGovlab (University of Stockholm) and Gov2u met with the partners of the Parliament of Botswana in Gaborone to evaluate the initial results of the pilot phase and decided that the pilot would be extended until the end of March 2014 in order to allow more participation and encourage more young people to be involved.

Trying out the platform in Gweta

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When Nata/Gweta constituents welcomed the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Project...

April 2013 - Nata/Gweta constituents have welcomed the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Project during its pilot launch, and suggested they be allowed access to the constituency office to relay their grievances.

Kgosi Pelontle Mokgadi of Manxotae settlement, said people failed to utilise Member of Parliaments' constituency offices because of lack of knowledge on its purpose

(photo: Botswana Daily News)

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Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative pilot phase extended!

Although the pilot phase of the initiative was originally scheduled until 10th December 2013, it has been extended until the end of February 2014. Moreover, a final workshop will be organised with eGovlab, Honourable Member of Parliament and the Team in the Parliament in Gaborone in February 2014 to gather impressions and feedback from the pilot phase, and to discuss the sustainability of the project after the pilot.

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You can be part of Botswana Speaks platform and participate online!

Constituents from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South, can use U-Speak to share an issue, an opinion or request information to their Member of Parliament (MP)!

 

Login now and submit an issue to your MP via the online platform or via SMS and let your MP know your concerns!

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If you are a citizen of another constituency, you can give your opinion on issues that concern you and legislation that is currently discussed in the Parliament.

Sign in on the Speak4yourself platform and send your input to the MPs who participate in these debates!

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Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative Newsletter Issue No.5, December 2013 - check it out!

Read the full version of the fifth issue here and find out all project news and upcoming events!

 

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Botswana Speaks: Holiday Greetings

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Kgotla meetings on Botswana Speaks – South East South Constituency

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Caption: Kgosi Moilwa addressing his kgotla in Mogobane. Mrs Elizabeth Monare, Constiuency Officer for South East South (on the left)

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The Botswana Speaks Team is heading to Otse!

Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative team organizes a kgotla meeting in Otse tomorrow morning at 9:00 (South East South). You are welcome to join!

Come and share your views and opinions!

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Botswana Speaks paper at the Joint Conference of IFIP EGOV 2013 & IFIP ePart 2013, Sept.19th 2013

"Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative: Paving the Way Towards Better Constituency Services in Botswana" paper was presented by Kheira Belkacem, Assistant Programme Director, presented on September 19th, 2013 from 14 to 15.30 at the Joint Conference of IFIP EGOV 2013 & IFIP ePart 2013.

Proceedings and the paper will be available here

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Botswana Speaks @ the official launch of the “Vision 2016 awareness month”

The Parliament of Botswana was represented at Tshane in Kgalagadi District last month (30-31 August) for the official launch of the “Vision 2016 awareness month”. This event was an opportunity to showcase a wide range of services that Government Departments and private companies render to the community in a mission to align them and demonstrate adherence to the seven pillars of Vision 2016. Therefore, the Parliament’s stall was showcasing the Botswana Speaks, as this initiative deeply contributes in achieving the Vision pillar 5 “An Open, Democratic and Accountable Nation”.

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