Parliament rushes debatable bills into law

Parliament desperately pushed through a rushed late night session on August 7, 2019 to pass into law 13 pieces of legislation. This is surprising if one were to consider the slow pace at which Parliament has been conducting its daily business since this winter session began.

The bills, which were passed in the night, have far reaching impact on the lives of Batswana, but were not subjected to adequate debate by parliamentarians after the Umbrella for Democratic Change Members of Parliament walked out. The UDC has since issued a statement condemning the desperate bid by the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to force bills into law.

However, we say all MPs must shoulder the blame, as they have not been entirely productive this session. On numerous occasions, the daily Parliament business was interrupted because the House failed to form a quorum. It was not only the BDP MPs who were absconding but it was also MPs across the political divide.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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