Government of Botswana Restates Its Objection to the Introduction of Political Party Funding By the State
The government of Botswana has restated its objection to the introduction of political party funding by the state as the contentious issued resurfaced in Parliament during budget allocations for the Electoral Commission.
The Presidential Affairs minister, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on Monday reiterated that his government still opposes the idea.
Some ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) MPs were however in support of the introduction of political party funding.
MP Botsalo Ntuane said the absence of political party funding has turned politicians into beggars.
Ntuane also said Batswana (the people) would support the idea if they were to be consulted on the issue.
Meanwhile, opposition MP Wynter Mmolotsi accused BDP of abusing state resources.
The MP alleged that recently some Cabinet ministers used government vehicles at BDP political campaigns for the upcoming parliamentary bye-election.
Mmolotsi called on the government to fund political parties to level the playing field.
Source African Press Agency
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