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Khama convenes special parliament meeting

Publishing Date : 31 October, 2016


President Lt Gen Ian Khama has summoned Members of Parliament (MPs) for a Special Meeting next week where parliament is expected to endorse two names of Specially Elected MPs following the passing of the bill in the last session.

The statement released by parliament public relations office yesterday (Friday) state that the purpose of the Special Meeting is to consider Draft National Development Plan 11 (NDP 11).

The convened Special Meeting which is expected to be followed by annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) will commence on the 26thth October until 1st December 2016.

President is empowered by section 93 (1) of the Constitution to cause parliament to convene and deliberate on matters of national importance.

The draft NDP 11 will be tabled by Minister of Finance and Development Planning Kenneth Matambo and is expected to trigger fancy debate in parliament.

NDPs, a system of development planning adopted by Botswana during formative years, guide the overall development of the country. NDPs contain Government strategies planned to be undertaken over the Plan period.

Programmes and projects to be implemented to achieve such strategies are also included in the Plan. The Plan contains estimates of revenue expected over the entire period as well as expenditure and manpower growth projections.

The NDP 11 is tabled later than other plans in previous years, after the NDP 10 was allowed to extend to 2016 period, to be in line with the country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Preparation for the NDP 11 period kicked off in 2014, with the engagement of consultants and various stakeholders to have input in the country’s development strategy which will guide Botswana’s development for the period 2016-2022.

Khama is also expected to end the suspense as to who will fill the available two Special Elected MPs. The two positions came into being following the Constitution amendment bill approval by parliament in the last session. The development will take the number of Special Elected MPs from 4 to 6 for the first time since independence.  



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