Mmegi Online :: Petition: Remove Ngaka Ngaka as Minister of Nationality, Immigration & Gender Affairs
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Petition: Remove Ngaka Ngaka as Minister of Nationality, Immigration & Gender Affairs

Politician and gender activist Obakeng Matlou has created an online petition at charge.com calling for the removal of Ngaka Ngaka from the ministry of Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs.
By Staff Writer Mon 17 Dec 2018, 15:59 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Petition: Remove Ngaka Ngaka as Minister of Nationality, Immigration & Gender Affairs








The petition was created today via change.org

Remove Mr Ngaka Ngaka as Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs

This communique is in reference to your cabinet reshuffle on Friday the 14th through the Permanent Secretary to the President in which you have redeployed Minister Ngaka Ngaka to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs. We vigorously and unashamedly resist and petition you to reconsider this decision based on the following points:

1)    It is alleged, that on or around February 2014 Mr Ngaka Ngaka was involved in a violent public brawl with his wife Mrs Boingotlo Dineo Ngaka in Mogoditshane. We find his actions unacceptable and contend that they declare him unfit to lead this Ministry.

2)    Mrs Boingotlo Dineo Ngaka was quoted in The Voice Newspaper of February 2014 as having registered a case of assault with the Molepolole Police Station known and confirmed by Station Commander Mr Tawana Tawana. Regrettably, Mrs Ngaka also complained of what she deemed preferential treatment for Mr Ngaka Ngaka by the police.

In light of these issues,

1)    The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs is host to gender issues and is therefore a very sensitive Ministry. For a person of Mr Ngaka Ngaka’s record to be appointed as Minister goes directly against the objective of sensitizing, educating and seeking Batswana to end Gender Based Violence (GBV).

2)    Botswana is signatory to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, and is in the process of domesticating policies, laws and practices on ending Gender Based Violence in all its

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forms in order to have a gender transformative, sensitive and progressive society. Botswana is duty-bound to uphold all these statutes, his appointment contradicts this. 

3)    The First Lady, Mrs Neo Masisi, has done a tremendous work of launching a movement on emancipating the girl child on gender issues through her tagline “Eseng Mo Ngwaneng” and for that we applaud her. However, appointment of Mr Ngaka Ngaka you will proof difficult for the civil society and the general public to support her work going forward. We view your collective efforts as advocative towards eradicating Gender Based Violence.

4)    That if it is Your Excellency’s conviction to redeploy Mr Ngaka Ngaka as Minister, we’re happy to allow you to exercise your authority, however we wish to urge you to redeploy him elsewhere other than the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs. We are of the firm believe that Ms. Dorcus Makgato be retained in this Ministry as she was starting to understand the Ministry and working well with many partners on issues of Gender and Gender Based Violence. 

5)    We believe in Therisano and Botho. While we respect that it is your sole prerogative to appoint cabinet members in their portfolios, we also advice His Excellency to be considerate of the public reservations, opinions and the sensitivity of this particular matter. We strongly believe if your decision isn’t rescinded, a bad precedent will be set which is - bad reputation and the decisions our legislators make do not matter.

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