Sunday, May 26, 2024

BDP tipped to benefit immensely from political party funding

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is tipped to benefit hugely from political party funding.
Mahalapye East legislator, Botumile Tshireletso, believes the situation would be so as the opposition parties in the country are fragmented and far apart ideologically.

With such fragmentation, she said, the BDP would benefit immensely from the funds and simultaneously win the elections.

Commenting in parliament this week on the 2007/2008 budget estimates for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Tshireletso said she was in complete support of political party funding as her ruling party would hugely take advantage of the situation, adding that opposition parties were no longer a force to reckon with.

Further she also called for 50 percent women participation in Botswana politics.

But Molepolole North MP, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri, did not see things that way. He said opposition parties were careless in handling funds as evidenced by the P150 000 opposition parties fought for recently.

He proposed the status quo be left as it is. ?Parties should strive for themselves?, he said.

Specially elected MP, Botsala Ntuane, shared the same sentiments with Tshireletso and said that he would like to see the transformation in time before year 2009 when the country would be conducting elections.

Ntuane said the country is slowly losing its renowned reputation of good governance purely because of political party funding, adding that the country had been the ?torch bearer, a leading light in the development of the region?.

Ntuane was not happy with the slowness that characterize the Botswana elections. He wondered why Botswana, with a population of barely 2 million, drags its elections for the whole day in scorching summer heat.


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