The Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) acting President, Tona Selala, has called on President Ian Khama to do the honourable thing and sack the Minister of Education, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.
Selala said that Venson-Moitoi had failed in her responsibilities as the political head of the Ministry of Education.
He was remarking on the recent reports of payments made to some private schools in payment of facilities rendered during the just-ended marking of examination exercises by the Ministry of Education.
“It has been reported by one of our local newspapers, The Sunday Standard, that the BEC paid close to P4 million for this exercise,” said Selala.
He added that, once again, the Ministry of Education and Skills Development is in the spotlight for bad behavior. He stated that it would be a sad day for the already fragile education system, if the sorry state of affairs turned out to be true.
“At times like these, it becomes obvious that the buck stops at the Minster’s door,” said Selala.
He said that, accordingly, the onus would then be on the Office of the President to restore the lost dignity at the Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, Selala pointed out that the BNFYL is expected to hold the elective congress and that, during the last meeting, it was agreed to hold the congress at the Kweneng constituency. ┬á
“With many by-elections in the offing, I am certain you would agree with me that this would be an inevitably busy year in the calendar of events for the party and its Umbrella partners,” he added.
Selala further pointed out that they expect the congress to review the Constitution, which is old and outdated having been enacted some time in 1988.
“We therefore challenge all members of the league and party rank and file to revert back to our party tradition where constituencies are given the powers to nominate candidates and pass them to the Electoral Commission for confirmation,” he stated.
On by-elections, he said that they have reported in the past press conferences that the current major breakthrough by BMD, BNF and BPP deserves a space in the annals of history.