BNF 2009 Manifesto Botswana

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BOTSWANA NATIONAL FRONT (from the Original document)

2009 GENERAL ELECTIONS

MANIFESTO

THE KEY TO A QUALITY LIFE FOR ALL

Cde Otsweletse Moupo

President of Botswana National Front

BOTSWANA NATIONAL FRONT

MANIFESTO FOR THE 2009 ELECTIONS

FOREWORD

The forthcoming 2009 Elections are the 10th since Botswana attained self- Government in 1965. All nine general elections have been won by the BDP. Their long stay in power has at best been characterised by poor performance of the agricultural sector, creation of conditions for more unemployed citizens, increase in poverty and heavy dependence on government handouts. These elections therefore come at a crucial time in the history of Botswana. Once again our people ponder the purpose of the general elections, as they look at their own conditions after four decades of independence. I have no doubt they will agree with us that the time for the BNF government is long overdue. It would not be difficult for them to consider voting for the BNF government. Batswana know too well that despite its recent turbulent history, BNF has continued to register phenomenal growth throughout the country. This is on account of the fact that the BNF is a true Party of the masses, especially the poor, the working class, the peasants and sections of the middle class. For the ruling BDP the recent political developments in the party reveal incessant factional strife and decline of popular appeal. These tendencies have become manifest particularly in the aftermath of the primary elections dubbed Bulela Ditswe. The record number BDP members contesting as independent candidates, the flaring up internal bickering and divisions and instability in several constituencies across the country has given us the opportunity to capture some of their safe constituencies. This has been possible before and is possible now, only if we work hard. We have never been given a constituency on a silver plate. We have always captured them through the collective force of the BNF. Once again the collective force of the BNF must be unleashed to emerge victorious in these general elections.  On the socio-economic plane, Botswana has continued to register impressive growth rates but this was the kind of growth which was unable to ensure the absorption of thousands of young school leavers and university graduates who join the labour market every year. As a result unemployment stands at 23% and is growing by the day. At the same time socio-economic inequality has worsened with the benefits of economic development accruing mainly to a few rich Batswana and foreigners. The BDP Government has used revenue accruing from mineral exports to develop infrastructure – roads, schools, clinics all over the country, we appreciate this, because infrastructure is an important component of socio-economic development but not a sufficient one. As we have pointed out in the past, the BDP Government should have used pat-i of the mineral revenue to diversify the economy, develop the manufacturing sector, the agricultural sector, to create jobs, fight poverty and ensure balanced development of our country. It has failed to do so with the result that the present world economic crisis has found our country much unprepared for the hard times that lie ahead.  On the political plane, the BBP Government has become arrogant, intolerant and insensitive. The recently passed draconian Media Practitioners Act is a case in point. This Government chose to ignore all the protests of the media practitioners and other organs of civil society and proceeded with the bill through Parliament without even allowing a full debate. The only way to stop this arrogance is to turn out in large numbers to vote for the BNF so as to usher in an era of genuine democratic governance and a socio-economic transformation of our country for the better.  The manifesto presented here is a summary of ideas covered more comprehensively in the Social Democratic Programme, the document underpinning all our policy pronouncements.  Vote the BNF vote for a better life for all.

Otsweletse Moupo
BNF PRESIDENT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREAMBLE … 1
ON THE UNITY OF THE NATION (NATION-BUILDING) … 2
ECONOMIC POLICY AND EMPLOYMENT … 3
ON EDUCATION POLICY … 4
ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE … 5
ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM … 6
ON THE EMANCIPATION OF WOMEN … 7
YOUTH, SPORTS AND RECREATION … 7
ON LABOUR RELATIONS … 9
RURAL DEVELOPMENT … 10
WATER DEVELOPMENT … 10
SUSTAINED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION … 11
MINING AND MINERAL RESOURCES … 11
ON THE NATIONAL PRISON SERVICES … 12
ON THE NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE … 12
CORRUPTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY … 12
ON DEFENSE AND SECURITY … 13
FOREIGN POLICY … 14

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