'Several BDP pledges not in development plan'

Mpho Balopi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Mpho Balopi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Former Cabinet minister and Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary-general, Mpho Balopi, is unhappy that several electoral pledges of the ruling party never make it into the development plans of the country.

This is contained in a parliamentary question the Gaborone North legislator is to ask the Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Kabo Morwaeng in Parliament today. Balopi is now a disgruntled party member who has fallen out with the President.

He wants the minister to further state what measures, if any, are in place or in the pipeline to ensure that pledges against which the ruling party was elected into government are incorporated into development plans; whether government will not consider setting up a permanent structure where the ruling party and government can occasionally consider areas where alignment of manifesto pledges and development plans can be made.” Still in Parliament, Maun East legislator Goretetse Kekgonegile is expected to ask the Minister of Basic Education Fidelis Molao to brief the legislators on the magnitude of learners’ disobedience, truant behaviour or disorder in schools throughout the country, “In particular: the concentration of occurrence per school and region; the ministry’s strategy in combating or eradicating learners disorder in schools; if the ministry is not considering emphasis on corporal punishment (inclusive of the whip) rather than Euro-centric measures such as suspension and expulsion; and the ministry’s plans in providing security at schools' main gates where crime is rampant and is being mostly perpetuated by non-students.”

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