Parliament on Friday rejected an urgent motion tabled by Ghanzi South Member of Parliament, Motsamai Motsamai seeking to disband the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force.
He added nurses in rural areas do not have protective clothing. When responding to the motion, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane said people are jealous of the Task Force, which is doing a good job. “Mo gongwe moo, ke lehuha le ditshele hela mo go ba bangwe. Batho ba, ke bana ba Batswana. Ga gona urgency ya sepe. Bangwe kana ba bone tshono ya go polotika ka bolwetse jo (This is just pure jealousy and petty talk against the Task Force. They are Batswana. There is nothing urgent (about the motion). Some have seen an opportunity to politicise the pandemic),” Tsogwane said.
He said there are no two centres of power since the Task Force is always advising the Ministry of Health on what could be done regarding COVID-19. Last week, the Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) also called for a Task Force to be disbanded. The nurses union said the Task Force was failing and that is why it failed to secure the COVID-19 vaccine and to buy protective clothing for both nurses and doctors well on time. On the issue of travel permits, the Minister of Health and Wellness Edwin Dikoloti said they have opened only 30,000 permits, which will be shared by all regions.