Disabled man fights to be councillor

Phaladi
Phaladi

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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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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