Gov’t hints all party funding next year

Serame’s confirmation of political party funding will serve as a possible game changer PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Serame’s confirmation of political party funding will serve as a possible game changer PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Botswana’s 13th General Election may engrave itself in the sands of times as an election of many firsts. Amid ongoing contentious legal strives over whether political parties should be given a chance to inspect elections from their rudimentary stage, Minister of Finance, Peggy Serame has hinted that next year’s budget may factor in political party funding.

Political party funding has been a bone of contention in Botswana’s political landscape, a plea that was initially argued for by political stalwarts of old like the late Dr.Kenneth Koma and others. By then Dr Koma and company held the view that the political process of contesting for elections was not just a mere face off by political opponents rather it was part and parcel of a functional democratic machinery that needs to be supported by the state. Koma would try on numerous accounts till the end of his political career trying to garner funding from government passing on the button to many other opposition leaders whose plea often fell on deaf ears.

Decades later it seems light will dawn at the end of a long tunnel, response from government this week citing the possibility of the December white paper including political party funding. Responding to a question tabled by legislator, Unity Dow, during the parliamentary budget pitso meeting,


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