Disabled man fights to be councillor


MAUN: A 35-year-old man living with disability is embroiled in a fight to be a specially nominated councillor in Maun West constituency.

The wheelchair bound Edwin Phaladi, who has been trying to be a councillor to no avail has slammed government for turning down his applications.

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) man was disabled after he broke his neck in a horrible swimming pool accident in Orapa in 1992.  The well-read Phaladi, is a motivational writer passionate about books. He said that he has long harboured political ambitions which are hampered by his physical condition. He was motivated to become a councillor after the realisation that there is zero representation for the disabled in the councils and Parliament. “Pain is in the mind of the beholder. The disabled must represent themselves at both the council and parliament because so far their voice is not be heard,” he said.

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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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