Media bash won’t stop the leaks

The parliamentary debates on the budget speech for the 2015 - 2016 financial year have reached the summit. In fact, in just a few weeks, the debate should be done with as the current financial year signs out, giving way for the new one.

But just before reaching the critical point, there were disturbing reports that the Minister of Finance and Development Planning has cut by one percent budget for each ministry. A Savingram communicating that or something that could have been interpreted as meaning such triggered the reports. In responding to a question posed by Gaborone Central MP Phenyo Butale to clarify the reports, the minister accused the local media of publishing lies to boost their sales.

“I have seen two media reports on the allegations that the Hon. Member Butale is asking about. I wish to categorically inform this honourable House and the nation, that there is absolutely no truth in the reports of the two newspapers. The effect of the reports can only be to mislead the public while at the same time boosting the sales of the concerned newspapers. Equally, Madam Speaker, whoever has been feeding the media with this type of allegations, was also misleading the public,” said the minister.

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