Parliament poorly resourced

Dismissive: Boko
Dismissive: Boko

The Leader of Opposition (LoO) Duma Boko has blasted Government for institutionalised incapacity of Parliament to play an oversight role.

Boko, together with other legislators who on Tuesday attended a workshop on strengthening the role of Parliament in the promotion and protection of social and economic and cultural rights, bemoaned the limited capacity of Parliament in the form of constrained resources, thereby hindering its effective oversight function.

Moreover, he said ensuring and upholding human rights was the primary responsibility of any Government.  He added that they (rights) cannot be delivered in the form of gifts and freebies from Government.  “Human rights are not political artifects or favours to the people. It’s Government’s responsibility to ensure that health, education and other rights are met.  If a Government fails to do this, it has lost the basic reason for existence as a Government,” he said, adding that the above is the case with the current regime, characterised by vast inequalities, which he said would soon evoke civil disobedience as in the case of neighbouring South Africa.

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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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