Monday, August 10, 2020

Lack of information stifles MPs debate in parliament

Parliament can not discuss some public issues as relevant information is not readily available because most government departments are not computerized ÔÇô it emerged this week

Health Minister, Dr Sheila Tlou, confirmed this week that she did not have information on how much her ministry has disbursed between 1999 and 2006 as payment for damages or out of court settlements resulting from law suits against the Ministry of Health.

Tlou told parliament that, while the Attorney Generals Chambers has all records involving litigation by or against the Government, the Attorney General’s Chambers does not categorize cases by ministries.

“Records at the Attorney General’s Chambers are manual and not computerized. Such information is therefore not readily available and I am informed that it would take at least a month to compile.”

Tlou was answering questions from Gaborone West South MP Robert Molefhabangwe.

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