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BNF BAM BPP 2004 Manifesto Botswana

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MANIFESTO 2004 (from the Original document)

Botswana           Botswana               Botswana
National             Alliance                 Peoples
Front                  Movement             Party

Together We Shall Deliver

ELECTION MESSAGE

Dumelang Bagaetsho!!

The 2004 general elections come against the backdrop of the ever increasing poverty, an ever increasing unemployment, and the growing inequalities between the rich and the poor, corruption and the rising crime race.
The national elections Batswana with another opportunity to elect a government of their choice. Botswana’s democracy gives you an opportunity to cast a vote of your choice as an individual, and the majority wins. Bagaetsho Mathata a Botswana ke marakana-mantsi, a tlhoka Motswana nongwe le mongwe. We believe that Botswana’s problems are many and needs all of us. Motswana a re kgetsi ya tsie e kgonwa ke go tshwaraganelwa. Our experiences of split votes in different constituencies such as Kgatleng, Ngwaketse, and Francistown, has only helped the BDP.  BAM, BNF and BPP are now working together. We believe our pool of votes can change the BDP government. We have not gone into the PACT to experiment.  We have a firm believe that a Pact is the only way forward. ALL PACT members are in agreement that the BDP policies have over the years created a glaring social and economic inequalities.  To demonstrate the BDP misrule, here is a simple illustration. Statistics show that: The richest 20% of the population owns 60% of the national wealth. The middle 40% of the population owns about 30%. The poorest 40% own only 10% of the national wealth.  Whilst the BDP can bask in the mythical glory of Botswana’s strong economy and democracy that they have created, this manifesto gives you, the voter, some hard facts about our country that the BDP has been hiding from you, for example, the state of affairs about national unity, political representation, good governance, labour relations, political party funding, poverty and unemployment, law and order, education and housing, to name just a few. We also give you, the voter, an alternative. Although the BDP will say our alternative is unrealistic because it is expensive, and will chant their usual refrain “Gago gona madi”, we say there is nothing for free. We even have to pay for the air we breath. Botswana democracy and economy are supposed to be in the league of the best in the world, but you and me know that is not true, because we experience it.  This scenario is not acceptable and must be changed.  Use your vote to change government.

1. NATIONAL UNITY

Botswana is a country that is plagued by the ever-deepening class and ethnic tensions. These tensions, inhere from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party policies that have resulted in increasing poverty, unemployment and social inequality. The number of households living under conditions of poverty, for example, is close to 50 percent, unemployment is about 25 percent, and corruption and economic crime is on the increase. In addition, in most urban areas, there is an acute shortage of housing and urban transport is in shambles. These growing inequalities have resulted in an upsurge in crime because of deprivations and envy.  The Botswana Democratic Party continues to denigrate the cultures and Languages of various Botswana communities, thus creating an atmosphere of ethnic chauvinism. In order to prove its credentials as standard-bearer of the so-called Western civilization the BDP has, at national level denigrated the Setswana language and culture and replaced it with English language and culture. At the political level, the current electoral system of First-Past-The-Post has created a feeling of exclusion by those who vote for the opposition. The BDP government has on some occasions cut the subventions to the Local Authorities controlled by the opposition parties as punishment for voting for the “wrong” parties. The sum total of all these factors mentioned here makes it well nigh impossible to create national unity and cohesion. The Pact Government will have as its major goal, service to the nation, social justice and the building of a united nation free from poverty, disease, ignorance, deprivation and political powerlessness. The resources of the nation should be used to eradicate the social evils of poverty, unemployment and social inequality as a precondition for a truly proud, happy and democratic nation. The BDP believes such social evils to be natural phenomena, but we maintain these evils are the results of an iniquitous social system driven by individualism and greed.

January 19, 2012 at 22:20 Leave a comment

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

December 30, 2011 at 22:14 Leave a comment

BNF 1999 Manifesto Botswana

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BOTSWANA NATIONAL FRONT (from the Original document)

1999 MANIFESTO

WORKING TOGETHER FOR SUCCESS

TABLE OF CONTENTS … PAGES

Foreword … 1
Preamble … 5

CHAPTER

1. Unity of the Nation … 5
2. Governance … 6
3. Decentralisation and Development … 8
4. Economy … 8
5. Education and Training … 11
6. Social Security and Welfare … 13
7. Health … 13
8. Housing … 14
9. Environment and Tourism … 15
10. Gender … 17
11. Labour Issues … 18
12. Civil Society … 19
13. Agriculture … 21
14. Water Development … 22
15. Mining and Mineral Resources … 22
16. Prison Service … 23
17. Police Force … 23
18. Corruption and Accountability … 23
19. Defence and Security … 24
20. International Relations … 24
21. Sports and Recreation … 25

FOREWORD

The 1999 Election is the eighth in Botswana since 1965. This election represents several years of experience for our nation and the Botswana National Front (BNF). The election also signals the end of an era. This is an election that takes us as a nation, through the last few months of the 1990’s decade which in fact, also marks the end of the 20th century. Since the mid-1960’s Botswana has seen three decades of uninterrupted one party rule of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). It is up to us as a nation to judge the achievements and failures of the present government but I wish to point out the following simply to help you take stock of things and make your decision on who to vote for, in a proper perspective.  Three decades of post-colonialism in Africa have been turbulent and generally disastrous in terms of development, human rights, institutional development, economic growth and environmental protection. As well as the inequitable distributions of the national resources resulting in the division of the population into the high percentage of the extremely poor and the small percentage of the extremely rich. The resultant situation is growth in poverty, unemployment, the collapse of the agricultural sector, constant military and police intervention to silence the poor, phenomenal growth in unemployment and poverty resulting in crime and corruption, ethnic strife, growth in refugee population and above all political bankruptcy and corruption of unparalleled magnitude.  Today, in Botswana we have large numbers of doctors, university lecturers, accountants, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, etc, from Tanzania, Sudan, Ghana, and of course China. These countries have been able to equip their rationales with the necessary skill to fill up posts which should have been filled by the locals. In Botswana, how many citizen doctors, health inspectors, architects, engineers, etc, do we have after 33 years? The BDP government has been able to lay down the basic social and physical infrastructure in terms of roads, schools, clinics, water supply and telecommunications. I believe as a nation we all know and appreciate this. The laying down of infrastructure is considered, throughout the world, as the basic need and requirement for all countries. Many countries in the world including much poorer ones in Africa have managed to build schools, health facilities, universities, telecommunications and provided water and housing for much larger population than ours have performed in the area of infrastructural development over the past three decades of independence). The BDP government has failed in three decades to take this country beyond infrastructural development hence:
1. Poverty remains deeply entrenched in our people’s daily existence. The number of households living under conditions of absolute poverty is 55% of the rural population, 46% of Peri-Urban Village Population and 29% of Urban population. (BIDPA 1997)
2. Unemployment has remained above 20% of the labour force since 1989. Among the youth unemployment ranges between 30 and 40%. For women it is estimated at 29% (CSO, 1992, UNICEF, 1993). The 1995 / 1996 Botswana Labour Force Survey (BLFS) puts the unemployment rate at 35%, the hardest hit are Youth aged between 20 and 24 at 39%.
3. Agriculture has collapsed not largely because of drought but because of the lack of proper planning. At present the government spends millions of Pula on drought relief in an apparent attempt to help the people. But there is neither assurance to farmers, the unemployed, female headed households, the people in the most disadvantaged regions of the country that this assistance will continue or that BDP government will come up with something better for the future.
4. Inflation remains high and beyond control by BDP government because of high economic dependence on imports of most essential goods especially foodstuff. Between 1989 and now the inflation rate ranged between 10% and 17.7% (Botswana Government 1993).
5. The rapid increase in corruption especially among people holding high office, has resulted in the emulation of leaders by the ordinary people. Corruption, abuse of power and arrogance by the BDP leadership have grown and many millions of Pula have been lost at BHC, NDB, BCB, BBS, BAMB and Government ministries and departments. While denying these the Government has come up with the so-called “Economic Crime Act or Corruption Law”. Why since they deny that they are corrupt?
6. Consultation has become a mockery under the BDP rule. Laws are prepared and passed in a rush without consultation, even with the BDP backbenchers. The following are a few examples : Incomes Policy (1990), Agricultural Policy (1991), Wildlife Policy (1993), Tribal Land Amendment Act (1993), Amendment of the Abortion Law (1993), Corruption Act (1994) and the Kanye incident where the chief was replaced with his son without first consulting the community.
7. The BDP government dismissed over 50000 workers and reemployed some as civil servants to silence them or to prevent them from striking.
9. The rapid increase in juvenile delinquency with the effect that when a delinquent youth becomes an adult, we have a phenomenon of delinquent children becoming parents which gradually gives rise to a delinquent nation. Thus giving rise to a vicious cycle which threatens to engulf the whole nation.
10. The acute shortage of houses and the short-sighted view of the government of the Botswana Democratic Party which considers the housing of the nation as a commodity to be enjoyed by the well to do, who have the financial power to buy and sell.  This same government wants to be returned to power when they offer no new ideas about creating a hly democratic system of government, creating more economic opportunities, providing markets for our enterprising entrepreneurs and providing better assistance to the needy and disabled and providing a comprehensive social security for the nation.
The BNF has in this Manifesto a clear strategy to:
a) Empower citizens.
b) Eradicate poverty.
c) Create more employment opportunities.
d) Combat AIDS.
e) Combat corruption.
f) Develop quality human resource base.
g) Diversify the economy.
h) Provide a comprehensive social security.
i) Create a truly democratic society of equals regardless of ethnicity gender, language, religion and race.
10. The 1999 general elections offers Batswana another opportunity to make Botswana of the 21st century and happy place to live in by voting for the BNF.  The present trend contains a time bomb and social strife that as a small and young nation we cannot afford.

11. The traditional BDP policies constitute a time bomb which the nation cannot afford.
We can avoid this by voting for the BNF.

“Vote BNF! VOTE FOR A BETTER LIFE!”

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

DR. KENNETH G.S. KOMA
PRESIDENT BNF

KOPANO! KOPANO! KOPANO!

December 19, 2011 at 22:13 Leave a comment

BNF 1994 Manifesto Botswana

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BOTSWANA NATIONAL FRONT (from the Original document)

MANIFESTO FOR THE GENERAL ELECTIONS 1994

FOREWORD TO THE 1994

BOTSWANA NATIONAL FRONT MANIFESTO

by BNF President, Dr. Kenneth Koma

The 1994 Election is the seventh in Botswana since the first in 1965.

This election represents several years of experience for us as a nation and in the Botswana National Front (BNF). The election also signals the end of an era. This is an election that takes us as a nation, through the last five years of the 1990s decade which in fact, also marks the end of the 20th century. Since the mid-1960s Botswana has seen three decades of uninterrupted one party dominant rule of the Botswana Democratic Party. It is up to us as a nation to judge the achievements and failures of the present government but I wish to point out the following simply to help you take stock of things and make your decision on who to vote for, in a proper perspective. Three decades of post-colonialism in Africa have been turbulent and generally disastrous in terms of development, human rights, institutional development, economic growth and environmental protection. The resultant situation is growth in poverty, unemployment, the collapse of the agricultural sector, constant military intervention, ethnic strifes, growth in refugee populations and above all political bankruptcy and corruption of unparallel magnitude. The BDP government enjoying national and international goodwill, the cooperation of the opposition parties, international aid and unparalled economic I growth resultant from the richest diamonds pipeline in Africa, has been able to lay down the basic social and physical infrastructure in terms of roads, schools, clinics, water supply and telecommunications. I believe as a nation we all know and appreciate this. We would however, wish to point out that laying down infrastructure is, the world over, the very basic and simplest form of development. Many countries in the world including much poorer ones in Africa have managed to built schools, health facilities, universities, telecommunications and provided water and housing for much larger populations. One has only to mention Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Lesotho, Swaziland and even Namibia to show how these comparatively poorer nations have performed in the area of infrastructural development over the past three decades of independence. Today, in Botswana we have large numbers of doctors, university teachers, accountants, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, etc., from Tanzania, Sudan, Ghana, and of course China. These countries are both relatively poorer and have to address problems 10 times, 20 times more than Botswana’s because of their enormous populations. In Botswana, how many citizen doctors, health inspectors, architects, engineers, etc., do we have after 30 years?

The Botswana Democratic Party has failed in three decades to take this country beyond infrastructural development hence:
1. Poverty remains deeply entrenched in our people’s daily existence. The number of households living under conditions of absolute poverty has increased from 45% in 1976 to 60% in 1989 (GOB / UNDP / UNICEF, 1993).
2. Unemployment has remained above 25% of the labour force since 1989. Among the youth unemployment ranges between 31 and 40%. For women it is estimate at 29% (CSO, 1992, UNICEF, 1993).
3. Agriculture has collapsed not largely because of drought but because of the lack of drought resistant policies and programmes. At present the government spent millions of Pula on drought relief in apparent attempt to help the people. But there is neither assurance to farmers, the unemployed, female headed households, the people in the most disadvantaged regions of the country that this assistant will continue or that government will come up with something better for the future.
4. Inflation remains very high and beyond control by government because of high economic dependence on imports of everything. Between 1989 and now the inflation rate ranged between 10% and 17.7% (CSO, 1993).
5. The rapid increase in corruption especially among people holding responsible positions resulting in the emulation of leaders by the ordinary people. Corruption, abuse of human rights and arrogance by BDP leadership have grown and many millions of Pula have been lost at BHC, NDB, BCB, BBS, BAMB and Government ministries and departments. While denying these the government has come up with the so-called “Economic Crime Act Corruption Law”. Why, since they deny that they are corrupt?
6. Remember that consultation has become a mockery under the BDP rule. Laws are prepared and passed in a rush without consultation with even their own backbenchers. Remember the following as examples: Incomes Policy (1990), Agricultural Policy (1991), Wildlife Policy (1993), Tribal Land Act Amendment (1993), Abortion Act (1993), Corruption Act (1994) and the Kanye situation where the chief was replaced with his son without first consulting the tribe.
7. This is the government which has taken benefits of over 50000 workers, dismissed them and reemployed some under condition that they leave trade unions and become permanent and pension able.
8. This is the government which refuses with impunity to sign international declarations on workers, children and women.
9. The ever widening gap between the rich and the poor so that the poor became poorer and the rich became richer. Thus dividing that nation into the haves and the have-nots, those who have and those who have not. Thus laying the foundation for permanent economic and political instability.
10. The rapid increased in juvenile delinquency with the effect that when a delinquent nation. Thus giving rise to vicious circle which threaten to engulf the whole nation.
11. The acute shortage of houses and the short-sighted view of the government of Botswana Democratic Party which considers the housing of the nation as a commodity to be enjoyed by the well to do who have the financial power to buy and sell.
12. The failure of the BDP government to computerise with the result that information and data required for planning the future, the collecting and compiling of data and information necessary for planning for the future is always available some two years behind with the consequence that there is no planning in the real sense. So that what is glorified as planning is no more than attempts to solve problems which require a scientific method approach by trial and error method.
13. The BDP has systematically cheated and ridged the elections all the time to the extend that the ruling BDP is habituated to undemocratic and illegal assumption of power and is consequently in-sensitive to the democratic demands of the people. This same government wants to be returned to power. They offer no new ideas about creating a truly democratic nation, creation of more jobs, providing markets for our hardworking entrepreneurs and better assistance to the needy and disabled.

The BNF has in the Manifesto a clear strategy to:
(a) Create more jobs
(b) Provide social welfare for the most needy
(c) Increased economic growth through diversification
(d) Promote small and medium level entrepreneurs and through regional
connection provide them markets;
(e) Train Batswana quickly and in a multiplicity of empowering skills;
(f) Create a truly democratic and free society of equals regardless of ethnicity, language, religion and race.
You have yet another chance as a voter to make Botswana of the 21st century a happy place to live in. The present trend contains a time bomb and social strife that as a small and young nation we cannot afford.
VOTE BNF! Vote for a better future.

November 30, 2011 at 21:57 Leave a comment


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