MPs shoot down beneficiation motion

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Parliament last Friday threw out Shoshong legislator Philip Makgalemele's motion asking government to develop a beneficiation law for Botswana, with a 23-19 vote against it.

Three weeks ago, when the motion first came to Parliament, it seemed assured of smooth passage as both opposition and ruling party MPs supported the motion.

Two weeks ago, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo, turned the tables when he sought to amend Makgalemele's motion to request development of a beneficiation policy in lieu of a law. 

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