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By Staff Writer Thu 27 Nov 2014, 12:59 pm (GMT +2)
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Asked the Minister of Education and Skills Development if there was no possible conflict of interest emanating from the fact that the Chairperson of the University of Botswana Council also doubles as the University lawyer.

Response: There is a conflict of interest as pointed by the Minister. The University of Botswana Council is made up of 32 members of diverse backgrounds and interests.

Conflict of interest is to be expected under such circumstances and to guard against this, the UB Act of 2008; Section 17 regulates how a council deals with conflict of interest as and when it arises.

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Paulson Majaga (Nata-Gweta)

Asked the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security if he was aware of the sizeable number of refugees at Dukwi are engaged in businesses and trade within neighbouring villages and even reside in Dukwi village instead of the Dukwi Refugee Camp. To clarify whether the activities are not against the spirit of establishment of the Dukwi Refugee Camp under the auspices of the 1968 Refugees (Recognition and Control) Act and to state measures to be taken to correct the situation.

Response: it has been brought to my attention that there are some refugees that often reside outside the Dukwi Refugee Camp contrary to existing encampment system and the Refugees (Recognition and Control) Act.

However, the Ministry in collaboration with the Immigration Department often conduct regular sweeps and identified refugees are taken back to camp.

I would not dispute that some bonafide refugees may take cover under

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those that have been integrated into the Dukwi community. I can confirm that there are refugees who are engaged in businesses and trade in Dukwi village and neighbouring villages and in the camp there are 25 refugees engaged in small enterprises, which were intended to provide convenience to other refugees. Others were facilitated by the Ministry to obtain trading and hawkers’ licenses to sell household wares and farm produce as a way of supplementing the food rations they are given. Regarding measures taken in response to regular violation of Refugees Act we address public meetings of refugees, hold kgotla meetings in neighbouring villages and if violation of regulations persists we may eventually invoke relevant provisions of the refugees act.

 

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Phenyo Butale

(Gaborone Central)

Asked the Minister of Education and Skills Development to state progress made in the incorporation and transformation of the Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF) into the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)

Response: There is no intention by Government to incorporate the current DTEF into HRDC. As such I am not in a position to provide any progress in that regard. Instead, the function of education financing currently performed by DTEF is being transferred to HRDC.

 I wish to assure parliament that extensive consultations were undertaken during establishment of HRDC and there are no changes to the current tertiary education students’ sponsorship policy.

Any envisaged changes would be preceded by similar consultations and any changes won’t affect students already in the system.

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