Lobatse MP Nehemiah Modubule Friday attacked and accused Mahalapye East MP Botlogile Tshireletso of applying double standards to the motion she tabled in parliament, arguing that it was now an open secret that the motion was moved in bad faith, to deceive gullible members of parliament.
Contributing to the motion, the maverick MP thrashed the motion and accused Tshireletso of sugarcoating the motion and misleading the nation when in actual fact she knew the motion she tabled was designed ostensibly to benefit her ruling BDP party.
Tshireletso recently moved a motion which called for the amendment of the constitution in order to expand the number of Specially Elected Members of Parliament to cater for the disadvantaged women but it emerged from party leadership the nominated women MPs would not be extended to the opposition parties.
“While I agree with the mover of the motion that women folk are not adequately represented in the political scope, the special nomination of these women MPs would not be extended to the opposition parties; this blurs the credibility of the motion. It is now an open secret the motion is designed to benefit the BDP cronies,” argued Modubule.
Earlier, while debating the motion, the BDP leadership and Ngwaketse South MP, Peter Siele, and Molepolole South MP, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri, assisted by the intervention of vice president Mompati Merafhe, categorically argued they supported the motion but would not endorse nominations coming from the opposition parties – a far cry from the mover of the motion and BDP women MPs, including the likes of Margaret Nasha who, in their contributions, dangled the carrot saying such appointments would be extended to qualifying women, regardless of party affiliations.
However Siele and Matlhaphiri insisted in their contributions: “How could you endorse the nomination of someone you know undermines the policies of your party? O ka seke wa sikara noga mo kgetsing. E tla go loma.”
Modubule argued such versions by the BDP leadership unveils the motive of the motion which, for sometime, had been shrouded in secrecy, accusing Tshireletso of misleading the nation.
Modubule argued that the Botswana National Front would not necessarily embellish its number of MPs with the additional members even if it was in power. He said his party cannot afford to “budget for BDP since it is common knowledge party MPs contribute monies to enhance its existence”.
Worse still, the nomination of these MPs comes with cost implications.
“You have been preaching about the tightening of belts amid the financial crunch and now you come with the extension of a scheme that comes with cost implications,” Modubule further argues, insisting women empowerment could not be reached through the unnecessary tinkering with the constitution.
The problem lies with the electoral system not with the constitution, he noted, and called for political parties to start nurturing the involvement of women from party levels.
It is Modubule’s stand that political parties should reserve certain seats to be allocated specially for women with a provision in place for competing parties to abide by.
Owing to these discrepancies, the Lobatse MP called for the eradication of the scheme and to design new plausible and tangible systems that would see Batswana women making a mark in the world of politics.