1. Madam Speaker, before we begin may I request that we observe a moment of silence for those of our citizens who have departed from us during the past year. Thank you.
2. Honourable Members, it is my pleasure to once more present an updated assessment of how Government intends to move Botswana forward by seizing opportunities to secure our future.
3. As this is the first session of the 11th Parliament, let me preface my remarks by welcoming the newly elected members of this Assembly. Let me further congratulate you Madam Speaker on your own election.
PROFILE OF HIS HONOUR MOKGWEETSI ERIC KEABETSWE MASISI, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA
Earlier this afternoon Parliament endorsed the MP for Moshupa/Manyana constituency and Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mokgweetsi Masisi, as Botswana’s 8th Vice President.
It was subsequently announced that, for the time being, he will also continue with his portfolio responsibility as the Minister of Education and Skills Development. His Honour Mokgweetsi Masisi brings to the Office of Vice President, as well as his current Ministerial portfolio, a wide range of experience.
His Honour initially trained as a teacher majoring in English and History. In 1984 he taught at Mmanaana Secondary School in Moshupa, while also leading community development initiatives there
The prevalence of measles (cysticercosis bovis) is growing at an alarming rate from 10-12 per cent around 2006 to 18-20 per cent to date. Measles is a zoonotic parasitic disease of worldwide distribution maintaining its life cycle as the tapeworm (taenia saginata) in the alimentary tract of humans, and as the measles (cystecercus bovis) in beef and it causes few or no clinical symptoms in the human host, but it results in loss of carcass quality in cattle.
In an interview, the director of veterinary services, Dr Letlhogile Modisa said the incidence of beef measles in the country stood at 18-20 per cent, which represents around P60 million in lost foreign earning in the lucrative European Union meat market.
All the 57 elected Members of Parliament and four specially elected MPs took their oath of office yesterday (October 30).
However, the office of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker remain vacant pending the outcome of a case that is still before the courts. The Clerk of the National Assembly, Ms Barbara Dithapo explained that Parliament business would not pr...oceed without the substantive Speaker as per Section 59 (4).
She told the House that the Attorney General had on October 29, instituted legal proceedings at the High Court on urgent basis to determine the constitutionality of standing orders 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.11, 4.14 and 6.1 that allow for secret ballot voting of Speaker and Deputy Speaker and endorsement of Vice President.
His Excellency the President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama has appointed members of his Cabinet as follows:
PALAPYE ESTABLISHES EBOLA ISOLATION CENTRES
The public is hereby informed that the swearing in of the 57 newly elected members of Parliament plus the 4 specially elected Members of Parliament is set to take place at the Parliament Buildings today Thursday 30th October 2014 at 1400hrs.
Members of the public who wish to witness the swearing in ceremony are encouraged to come early and be seated by at least 1300hrs as there is limited sitting space. Otherwise, big plasma screens will be mounted on Parliament Grounds on the day of the event to allow for alternative live viewing of the swearing in ceremony.
IN THE HIGH COURT OF BOTSWANA HELD AT GABORONE