OP should be seen to promote transparency

This week the local media is dominated by the topic involving the controversial and secretive Health Bill and how the local NGO, BONELA has attempted without success to impress upon the President of the country to intervene and make the Minister re-table the bill for further input.

While we appreciate the fact that the Office of the President initially received BONELA's petition, it is their manner of response that is very disturbing. The response from the highest office in the land is short and curt. President Khama would not like to discuss anything with the NGO, if that subject has already been  the subject of public discourse.

The response from the OP immediately brings about fears of  a culture of secrecy. We want to believe that  the Office of the President has a duty to promote transparency, democracy, as well as public and open debate on issues of national concern, such as the Health Bill.

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