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Botswana Census 1991 aggregated data

Find the aggregated data of the Botswana Census 1991 in the pdf-file Botswana Census 1991 aggregated data including

– Settlement by urban / rural

– Occupation levels

– Ethnicity

– Citizenship

– Occupation by Settlement

– Ethnicity by Settlement.

Please note that the quality of the Botswana Census 1991 is low.

May 4, 2013 at 17:26 Leave a comment

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

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

BDP 2009 Manifesto Botswana

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TSHOLETSA DOMKRAG

MANIFESTO 2009 – 2014

Table of Contents … Page

1. Foreword … 7
2. List of abbreviations … 9
3. Mission Statement, Vision and Values … 10
4. Our Achievements Since 2004 … 11
5. Our Promises for 2009 and Beyond … 18
6. Conclusion … 26

Manifesto 2009 – 2014

Secure your future

– Vote BDP – the Party you can trust

TSHOLETSA DOMKRAG

Secure your future

– Vote BDP – the Party you can trust

Foreword

My fellow citizens, through the able leadership of the BDP – in partnership with Batswana – we have been able to meet the challenges faced by the nation through the past four decades. The BDP government shall never tale your vote for granted. We come again before you to continue the partnership that shall be assured by your vote. In any case, this is still your party of choice – The BDP is still here to serve you. In formulating the 2004 Manifesto, the BDP derived inspiration from the Long-Term Vision for Botswana: Towards Prosperity for All – Vision 2016. This long-term vision has become the nation’s guide and a roadmap to a better future. The 2009 Manifesto is similarly premised on Vision 2016 as its guiding light. From the 2009 general elections, as has been the case in the last few years, we will be seeing an even more accelerated implementation of all vision pillars. This shall be done through continuous improvement of our programmes and services aimed at alleviating rural and urban poverty, identifying opportunities locally and abroad, creating jobs for Batswana, developing human capital, diversifying the economy and ensuring that the economic value of all the resources of the nation is optimised. It is through hard work, self reliance, resolve and determination that we have been able to achieve what we have up to this point. We should not take lightly the accolades and high ratings from regional and international institutions which measure various national areas of performance and delivery. I therefore, caution you fellow citizens against complacency. Under my stewardship and following the vision, mission, values and policies of the BDP, I assure you that we shall be counted among countries that have significantly improved their peoples’ standard of living. This can only be achieved through deepened democracy, accelerated development, dignity and discipline among all our people. The BDP promised you a lot in 2004 and yes, we have delivered on that! At the global level, our credit ratings have been receiving “A” grades. World Bank governance indicators rank us Number 1 in Africa. At the local level, real economic growth is at 6.2 percent, total domestic employment increased by 59 percent, unemployment declined from 2 1.5% in 1996 to 17.3 % in 2006, inflation has been kept at manageable levels and economic growth has contributed to steady reduction in poverty levels. In addition, we have seen improvements in enrolments at the higher levels of the education system. Other major projects include the establishment of the Medical School the expansion of the University of Botswana, the setting up of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology will avail more tertiary level opportunities for our young people. There are also on-going major rural and urban infrastructure projects such as, construction of dams, electrification of villages, construction of senior and junior secondary schools; as well as major road works. This is just a sample of the major projects that my government will undertake if you give us the mandate we seek. In order to further promote private sector development and our peoples participation in the economy, the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) has increased its threshold for lending from P2 million to P4 million. The creation of a dedicated Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has contributed to increased focus on youth participation in all aspects of the economy. I assure you as fellow democrats that the principle of unity will define my style of leadership. My desire is to see our party maintain internal stability and unity of purpose as there are challenges ahead of us. As we go for our country’s tenth general elections, I want to maize it clear to all that slogans alone shall not deliver us the results. We need to mobilise, to be pro-active and to ensure that we persuade Inore members to join our party. It is through our policies and programmes that we have distinguished ourselves from our political rivals and attracted more votes to our party. We have proved in the past that we deliver on our promises. The people of Botswana should trust our party to continue to perform on this score. Advancing towards sustained economic development, we must be aware that we live in a global village and that the world economy directly affects us. We therefore, have to come together as Batswana to benchmark against the best international standards in the delivery of goods and services. I once again call upon you to collectively put a shoulder to the wheel regardless of the position any one of you might hold in the Party, government and the rest of the society. Our country comes first. As we come together to address the challenges faced by our country, I would like to impress upon you fellow citizens that it is on what we have achieved in the execution and delivery of programs that our nation can leap-frog towards the status of first world economies and nations. We are indebted to the founding fathers of this nation who have set a rock solid foundation from where to continue. I humbly call upon you to vote for the BDP in 2009 so that together we call march towards the building of a prosperous nation for all our people. I have faith in Batswana to demonstrate true partnership and commitment for the achievement of a brighter future for our great country and its people. Secure your future -vote BDP -the Party you can trust.

Tsholetsa Domlzrag! Tlhopha BDP!

Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama BDP President
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September 15, 2011 at 21:29 Leave a comment

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