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BDP extraordinary council on the cards

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) extraordinary congress that will be held next week in Gaborone is expected to discuss some of the resolutions that were taken at the 37th national congress and the 55th national council.

The BDP will hold its extraordinary congress from June 8 to 12, 2018. This will be the first congress to be addressed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi. 

Some of the resolutions taken by the national council include the amendment of Primary Elections Regulation number 9 (f) being accepted, the handover guidelines as presented by secretary general being endorsed, terms of reference of the Electoral Board being accepted as presented, National Council applauding the Central Committee for its initiative and effort of translating the party constitution into Setswana, party members who defy both parliamentary and council caucuses being disciplined and the rules and regulations being separated from the Party Constitution.

Members are expected to deliberate on how rules and regulations should be separated from the party constitution and party attorneys are tasked to look into the matter.

One of the resolutions was that the constitution, rules and regulations of the party should be updated and corrected to address inconsistencies and typological errors. The members are expected to

discuss issues of corruption and maladministration that sometimes tarnish the party name.

On governmental issues, the BDP members had requested the Ministry of Basic Education to reduce from six months to 90 days the length of time given to a student to return to school after giving birth. The Minister of Basic Education would give the congress feedback on the matter on whether they had already changed or not, or advise on how the policy could change.

BDP had also taken a resolution that the Ministry of Lands and Housing makes it mandatory for Land Boards to hold regular meetings with communities to give them feedback on issues related to land and to request the government to speed up the review of all empowerment programmes.

On congress resolutions, a majority of them had been implemented except for the one in which they want emerging patterns of intolerance, all party structures to be engaged in team-building initiatives with a view to promote unity.




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