Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ndaba questions huge BDF budget allocation

The Botswana Defence Force is the only government organ allocated an amount of P14 Billion in the National Development Plan (NDP) 11 and it is not clear how the amount is going to be spent.

This was highlighted by the Member of Parliament for Gaborone Bonnington South, Ndaba Gaolathe when addressing a political rally in Tlokweng this past Sunday evening. 

He pointed out the fact that the BDF budget is is not efficiently accounted for by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

The BDF budget is the biggest expenditure of from the overall P22.4 billion budgets allocated to the Ministry of Defence, Justice 

During the 2015/16 budget P1.3 billion or 10 percent of the budget was allocated BDF for, “improving its operational readiness”. In the 2014/15 budget, its fourth largest share of 12.5 per cent or P4.8 billion was set to cater for maintenance of equipment and vehicles.

In 2013 the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security took the fourth budget allocation of P3.73 billion or 10.82 percent. 

Gaolathe further decried the fact that Botswana is endowed with natural resources that it can be a supplier of electricity, yet it has paucity of the same.

“We have millions of metric tonnes of coal; enough to supply the country and the whole continent. We are endowed with abundant sun, from which we can produce lots of power and even supply other countries. We have lots of gas under the soils of this country, but we do not have industry for this. We have fertile soils in this country in which we can produce enough food for our populace, but we import food stuff,” said Gaolathe. 

The government has allocated the budget proposal of P2.9 billion to the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, which is 17.8 percent of the P16.5 billion proposed for the development budget for the 2017/2018 financial year.

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