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BCP 1999 Manifesto Botswana

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BOTSWANA CONGRESS PARTY BCP (from the Original document)

MANIFESTO 1999

BCP – New Party for New Millennium

CONTENTS … PAGE

Foreword … 3
Introduction … 4
1.0 The Vision … 7
1.1 Mission Statement … 7
1.2 Objectives of the BCP … 7
1.3 Self-respecting Citizens … 7
1.4 A hard working and prosperous People … 8
1.5 A morally responsible nation … 9

SECTION II: BCP ON POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE

2.0 Democracy … 11
3.0 Foreign Policy … 12
4.0 Defence Policy … 13

SECTION III: BCP ON ECONOMIC ISSUES

5.0 The Economic Strategy … 15
5.1 Foreign Investment and Aid … 17
6.0 Rural Development … 17
7.0 Land Policy … 18
8.0 Agriculture and Food Strategy … 19
9.0 Environment: Protecting the Base and Ensuring Sustainability … 20
10.0 Water Policy … 21
11.0 Labour Relations … 22

SECTION IV: BCP ON SOCIAL ISSUES

12.0 Education with Production … 23

13.0 Religious Policy … 26
14.0 Health … 27
15.0 HIV / AIDS … 27
16.0 Social Security and Welfare … 28
17.0 Housing … 31
18.0 Gender … 32
19.0 Youth Development … 33
20.0 Arts and Culture … 34
21.0 Sports and Recreation … 35
22.0 Conclusion … 36

M.K. Dingake Parliamentary Candidate President – BCP

BOTSWANA CONGRESS PARTY (BCP) MANIFESTO 1999

Guaranteeing a better future for all

Foreword

The Botswana Congress Party is presenting its manifesto to the nation for the first time. This manifesto is but a summary of the problems, issues and challenges which face our nation on the eve of the new millennium. As a party with a difference in quality, style and truthfulness to the needs of our people we have carefully identified these issues and required policy action and programmes. We call on Batswana to take us on the basis of what we pledge in this manifesto. The policies and programmes contained in this manifesto show our deep concern about the problems which face our young people, women, the workers, parents, employers, business owners and the non- governmental sector. I am pleased to say with confidence that as a responsible political party we are not only concerned but determined to address the problems of underdevelopment which still afflict our people. I call on Batswana to give us the mandate to rule. It is only with that mandate that we shall show the fallacy of the BDP’s irresponsible claim that problems of poverty, unemployment, school leaver, low productivity, etc. are worldwide and therefore cannot be solved by the government.

I thank you.

Michael K. Dingake May, 1999

Vote for BCP!
Vote for Meaningful Change!
Vote to guarantee a better future for yourself and your family members!
Introduction

This year, 1999 marks the eighth Botswana election since the first one was held in 1965. In the past seven elections Batswana voted for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in large numbers. They entrusted their lives with the BDP government which promised them more jobs, better education and training, elimination of inherited poverty and inequality. The BDP further promised to bring justice where oppression and injustice were widespread, improve the health and economic conditions of Batswana and transform Botswana from an underdeveloped country status to a rapidly industrializing one. It is now more than three decades of BDP rule.

Next year is the year 3-000 which will mark the beginning of a new millennium.

The questions that each Motswana both as an individual and as a father, a mother, a parent, a young man / woman and a child must ask themselves are:

a) What is my future and that of my family?

b) Do I see any improvement in my life and that of members of my family?

c) If there is any improvement is it sustainable? What future do I have?

It is difficult to imagine a guaranteed future when there is:

– over 30% unemployment.

– over 40% household poverty,

– when Gini coefficient show inequality of over 60%,

– when crime and corruption have become uncontrollable and those who rule the country are part of it,

– How can you be sure that your house, your cow, your field, your car, etc., will still be yours five years from now when ownership of property is increasingly going to the few wealthy families?

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party has failed to develop Botswana. The country remains both economically and democratically underdeveloped. Poverty, inequality and exploitation under the BDP is rampant and chronic. The future strategies of the BDP as outlined in the National Development Plan 8 and vision 2016 are bound to perpetuate, entrench and increase poverty and misery of Batswana.

Why is the BDP government failing?

– First because from the start the BDP strategies were never intended to benefit the majority of Batswana but enrich the few chosen ones in the party ranks;
– Second because the main strategy is false. It is a strategy based on the unrealistic and naive believe that by mimicking what developed western countries did centuries ago Botswana will develop.
– This catch-up approach alienates Batswana from taking the responsibility of developing their country.

Instead the leaders of Botswana are running all over the world looking for those with money and experience of development. The sad thing is that none are found. This strategy is both naive and promises a lot of jobs, education, health, houses, but in reality delivers wealth to a few and poverty, unemployment and servitude for the majority. Thirdly, the BDP economic policies are elitist in that policy formulation does not involve the disempowered and marginalised, precisely because the BDP does not believe the people have anything to offer.

The Botswana Congress Party – the liberator of our nation!

This first Manifesto of the BCP tells you how you can best ensure your future by voting for the BCP.

November 19, 2011 at 21:55 Leave a comment

BCP BAM 2009 Botswana

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Which Way Now -Democracy and Prosperity or Dictatorship and Economic Collapse? (from the Orignial document)

BAM AND BCP MANIFESTO: 2009-2014

A Nation at Cross Roads:

Which Way Now -Democracy and Prosperity or Dictatorship and Economic Collapse?

Page … Contents
6 … Foreword — BCP President
8 … Introduction
11 … Section A:
12 … Our Top Priority – Reclaiming our Democratic Heritage
13 … 2.1 Reclaiming our Civil Liberties
14 … 2.2 Modernising Institutions of Democracy
15 … 2.3 Fighting Corruption
16 … Section B:
17 … Ensuring an Equitable Economic Programme
18 … 3.1 Diversifying the Economy to Create Jobs and Eradication of Poverty
19 … 3.2 Exploiting the Tourism Sector
20 … 3.3 Promoting Rural Development through the Agricultural Sector
22 … Section C:
23 … Promoting a People-Centred Social Agenda
23 … 4.1 Providing an Efficient Health Care System
24 … 4.2 Accelerating the Response to HIV and AIDS
25 … 4.3 Making Education Relevant and Accessible
26 … 4.4 Making Labour a Proud Partner in the Nation’s Progress
27 … 4.5 Promoting a Secure and Decent Housing for All
28 … 4.6 Delivering a Decent Social Welfare Programme
29 … 4.7 Uplifting the Disempowered
29 … 4.8 Developing and Empowering the Youth
30 … 4.9 Decentralising Service Delivery
31 … Section D:
32 … Enhancing Security and International Relations
32 … 5.1 Combating Crime and Ensuring Safety for All
33 … 5.2 Botswana and the International Community
35 … After-word BAM President

Foreword

The 2009 elections will be yet another great opportunity for people to use both their judgement and common sense to decide their future and that of their children. Our nation is clearly at a crossroad. We have a choice to vote BDP and allow for further deterioration of democracy, human rights and the possible collapse of the economy. The alternative is to vote for the protection of democracy and prosperity and security of our nation under the government of the Botswana Alliance Movement and Botswana Congress Party. In realizing the desperate situation of our country, the two parties have decided to work together to save the nation from the impending national catastrophe. The selfish decision of the BDP to retain state power against all odds led them to bring Ian Khama and senior military leaders into politics. Today, this BDP experiment with a military junta has proved, within a short period of time, to be against what Batswana stand for. Our known history of peaceful CO-existence, freedom, participatory democracy and respect for the pillars of democracy are fast fading away. Our nation is gripped with fear. The business community is uneasy with the unpredictable and uninformed policies that are dreamt and championed by one person. The ordinary citizen cannot freely walk in the streets because of fear of losing life, not from the criminals, but from agents of the state. The space for freedom of expression is fast shrinking. Families and friends can no longer converse freely. Everyone suspects the other for being part of the feared network of security agents. Politicians from both within and outside the BDP live in fear. They are ever guarded fearing to offend the top man and suffer the consequences from the military junta. As for the economy, it is headed for collapse. No imaginative strategies are in place to expand the industrial base and create jobs. Diversification has failed as the economy remains heavily dependent on diamonds. The potential for the manufacturing and tourism sectors is being squandered by the BDP. Commerce and industry remain incompetent. The result is high levels of poverty, unemployment and inequalities. As the global recession rears its ugly head, the structural weaknesses of our economy are being exposed. There are no alternative sources of revenue generation, hence an unsustainable dependence on foreign reserves for development and recurrent expenditure. A dark cloud is fast approaching. Let’s destroy it before it destroys us. If we fail to act, the consequences are scary: this democracy will go up in flames and our children will inherit a ruined country almost in a state similar to that of our neighbours in the north. If in October we give Khama a yes vote, we would not have stopped this dictatorship and economic ruin. We would be surely headed for kidnappings, disappearances of political opponents and critics, both within the BDP and in the opposition parties, and the civil society. The media will be suppressed and journalists imprisoned. Jobless queues will increase and poverty will reach scandalous levels, Corruption and economic mismanagement will escalate and our economy will collapse. We owe it to our children, our pride and the wisdom of our forbearers to protect our nation by voting for BAM-BCP in the general elections.  A nation united, putting aside petty political differences and putting the country first, can never be defeated. We appeal to all persons of goodwill, in all parties, to take advantage of the secrecy of the ballot and bring change to this country. We call upon all citizens to rally behind our cooperating parties through your votes.

Gilson Saleshando
Presidential Candidate (BAM-BCP)

After-word

For the tenth time, our nation goes to the polls this year to choose its elected representatives. The votes cast will determine the composition of the National Assembly, where laws and policies affecting our lives and shaping the future of our country will be determined. The coming election will be a significant one in more ways than one. For us as the Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) and our electoral partners, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), this will be an opportunity to offer Batswana our joint vision. Our vision will be anchored on shared principles and values. At the centre of our objectives and programmes, is the strong desire to avail a better life for all Batswana. This manifesto is a result of vigorous engagement with our foot soldiers, whose collective life experience reflects the hardships that Batswana in general experience daily. These hardships include poverty and deprivation that accompany a thriving national economy, lack of employment opportunities in a fast growing economy, lack of opportunities in a country paraded internationally as a destination of choice for investors and above all, a future that is highly unpredictable with the ever increasing erosion of civil liberties and undermining of democracy. Botswana has since independence been a de facto one party system with nine rounds of electoral contest producing only one winner among the numerous contestants.
One of the key reasons that have led to this state of stagnation in our democracy is the proliferation of the opposition parties that are under-resourced to effectively challenge the Botswana Democratic Party.

The BDP has remained in office, not on account of success in terms of delivering a better life for Batswana, but predominantly on account of the conduct of the opposition parties. Over the years, Batswana have yearned for an opposition formation that will set aside narrow partisan considerations that place a greater premium on the ambitions of the party leaders ahead of national interests. Our collaborative efforts have enabled us to join forces to contest the coming elections from the same platform. Together, we are better placed to take the BDP head on and prove to Batswana once and for all that there is an alternative to the moribund BDP. Our joint efforts have enabled us to secure victories in recent by-elections in areas that were previously BDP strongholds. We have brought hope where there was total political despair. Our message continues to be well-received by those who have for a long time mortgaged their political souls to the BDP. As we prepare for the election day, let your choice at the polls reflect the same hope, the hope that Botswana can be a better place for all, the hope that we all deserve to be granted equal opportunities to use our skills and knowledge to attain personal prosperity and the hope that together we deserve a better tomorrow for our children. Let not your choice reflect a sense of fatalism, endorsing the BDP when its leadership is clearly leading our country to despicable tyranny and economic collapse. I urge all Batswana from all walks of life irrespective of political affiliation to use their votes to protect our country against the onslaught of BDP misrule. Our manifesto offers clear and achievable objectives. We are committed to our electoral pledges and will no doubt implement our manifesto as a binding social contract with the voters for 2009 and beyond.  I thank you in anticipation of your support.

Ephraim Lepetu Setshwaelo President (BAM)

July 23, 2011 at 18:16 Leave a comment

BCP Manifesto 2004 Botswana

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Botswana Congress Party Manifesto 2004 (from the Original)

“Botswana Can And Must Be Better”

Table of Contents … Page

1. Foreword … 2
2. Introduction … 3
3. Section A – Priority of Our Priorities … 6
3.1 Education … 7
3.2 Jobs and Economy … 10
3.3 HIV / AIDS … 12
3.4 Eradication of Poverty Trap … 14
4. Section B – Empowering the Disempowered … 16
4.1 Women and Development … 17
4.2 Youth Development … 19
4.3 Labour and Industrial Relations … 21
4.4 Arts and Culture … 23
4.5 Equality of Ethnic Groups … 25
4.6 Religion … 27
5. Section C – Delivering Better Services … 29
5.1 Health … 30
5.2 Social Security and welfare … 32
5.3 Housing … 34
5.4 Sports and Recreation … 36
6. Section D – Transforming the Economy … 38
6.1 Rural Development … 39
6.2 Land … 41
6.3 Agriculture and Food Security … 43
6.4 Water … 45
6.5 Environment … 47
7. Section E – Modernizing Democracy and Promoting Good Governance … 49
7.1 Democracy and Institutions of Good Governance … 50
7.2 Media … 54
7.3 Crime and Policing … 55
7.4 Botswana and the World … 57
8. Conclusion … 59
9. Afterword … 60

1. Foreword

By The President of the BCP – Mr. Otlaadisa Koosaletse

I am very glad to introduce our 2004 manifesto to the nation. This is the second manifesto of the BCP.  As a movement, we have increasingly demonstrated that ours is a Party that is people centred and is driven by the ordinary people. In short, the power of our party is with the people. We are neither a feudal party nor a property for any individual. In addition, we are neither a creation of colonial masters nor any ethnic group.
Our midwives are our people, especially the poor and the disadvantaged who are seeking an alternative dispensation. Second, we have demonstrated that we exist because we believe that we can make a difference. Our commitment to transforming the politics, the economy and the social setting of Botswana is clearly articulated in both our Democratic Development Program and our Manifesto. Third, we don’t intend to position ourselves as a life long opposition party, we see ourselves as a government in waiting. We are convinced that our following is growing, and that the path we have taken is the path for the people. Central to our politics is that we CARE!

Unlike the BDP:
– We care for the poor and the oppressed.
– We care for those that feel that government is remote and hostile.
– We care for those struggling to make ends meet in the face of rising prices.
– We care for those who do not have satisfactory place to live.
– We care for the old and the young who have no organizations to defend them.
– We care for women who have been marginalized.
– We care for the exploited youth.
– We care for our collapsing small business people.
– We care for those discriminated on the basis of ethnic group or religion.
– We care for those who want to raise their families from poverty.
– We care for our teachers, uniformed forces, civil servants and local business people.
– We care because we believe in the supreme value of individual human personality.
The success of any country depends on good policies, commitment and love for people. We posses all those ingredients. We appeal to voters not to waste their vote by piling up majorities behind BDP candidates but use the vote positively and usefully to show how many thousands of people in this country really care. You do this by voting for Mogobagoba.

June 19, 2011 at 11:00 Leave a comment

BCP Manifesto 1999 Botswana

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BOTSWANA CONGRESS PARTY BCP

MANIFESTO 1999

BCP – New Party for New Millennium

CONTENTS … PAGE

Foreword … 3
Introduction … 4
1.0 The Vision … 7
1.1 Mission Statement … 7
1.2 Objectives of the BCP … 7
1.3 Self-respecting Citizens … 7
1.4 A hard working and prosperous People … 8
1.5 A morally responsible nation … 9

SECTION II: BCP ON POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE

2.0 Democracy … 11
3.0 Foreign Policy … 12
4.0 Defence Policy … 13

SECTION III: BCP ON ECONOMIC ISSUES

5.0 The Economic Strategy … 15
5.1 Foreign Investment and Aid … 17
6.0 Rural Development … 17
7.0 Land Policy … 18
8.0 Agriculture and Food Strategy … 19
9.0 Environment: Protecting the Base and Ensuring Sustainability … 20
10.0 Water Policy … 21
11.0 Labour Relations … 22

SECTION IV: BCP ON SOCIAL ISSUES

12.0 Education with Production … 23

13.0 Religious Policy … 26
14.0 Health … 27
15.0 HIV / AIDS … 27
16.0 Social Security and Welfare … 28
17.0 Housing … 31
18.0 Gender … 32
19.0 Youth Development … 33
20.0 Arts and Culture … 34
21.0 Sports and Recreation … 35
22.0 Conclusion … 36

M.K. Dingake Parliamentary Candidate President – BCP

BOTSWANA CONGRESS PARTY (BCP) MANIFESTO 1999

Guaranteeing a better future for all

Foreword

The Botswana Congress Party is presenting its manifesto to the nation for the first time.

This manifesto is but a summary of the problems, issues and challenges which face our nation on the eve of the new millennium.

As a party with a difference in quality, style and truthfulness to the needs of our people we have carefully identified these issues and required policy action and programmes.

We call on Batswana to take us on the basis of what we pledge in this manifesto.

The policies and programmes contained in this manifesto show our deep concern about the problems which face our young people, women, the workers, parents, employers, business owners and the non- governmental sector.

I am pleased to say with confidence that as a responsible political party we are not only concerned but determined to address the problems of underdevelopment which still afflict our people.

I call on Batswana to give us the mandate to rule.

It is only with that mandate that we shall show the fallacy of the BDP’s irresponsible claim that problems of poverty, unemployment, school leaver, low productivity, etc. are worldwide and therefore cannot be solved by the government.

I thank you.

Michael K. Dingake May, 1999

Vote for BCP!
Vote for Meaningful Change!
Vote to guarantee a better future for yourself and your family members!

June 4, 2011 at 19:24 Leave a comment


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