Thank you, Samson Guma!

SHARE   |   Thursday, 22 December 2016   |   By The Patriot

The Observer

With: Simon Gabathuse

Thank you, Samson Guma!

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Samson Guma has effectively rendered all the Parliamentary oversight committee members useless, clueless and without a grain of capability. During his tenure at the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, Guma asked the most uncomfortable, painful yet important questions to accounting officers. He is back again to safeguard the interests of the nation, to question and put in public light the happenings of public enterprises as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises Committee.

Guma has consistently proven to the ordinary electorate that he knows the role of Parliament and indeed his role as a representative of the people. He understands what being the voice of the people is all about. Guma has not only represented the people of Tati East constituency in an impeccable way; he has above all remembered that he has been donated by his constituents to go the National Assembly to serve Batswana. He has been presenting himself as having gone to Parliament fully aware of the duties and obligations of a legislator, opted to represent the views of an ordinary Motswana at home. Without fear of favour, he interrogates the ills that continue to dominate our public enterprises.

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Guma is proving that he is not in Parliament to pass jokes or to brag about his educational qualifications or his legal know how, if any. He understands that it is the people back in the deep rural centres of Botswana who need to be saved from looters, thieves, political pretenders and those who view national leadership as some form of show off - Cheri Mponang! Guma is aware that for economic benefits to trickle down in the favour of national development; employment creation, infrastructure and needed amenities, then the rot at public enterprises must come to an end. Not only through legislation, but if need be, by force.

Unlike many clowns in Parliament, Guma has proven that talking things outside Parliament and failing to say them in the National Assembly is equal to betraying the ordinary voter. Though he might have picked that the voter is dull, stupid and emotive; Guma has chosen the Godly path of not abusing the stupidity and malfunctioning brain of the voter. He is aware that, it is his duty, not to abuse the trust of the voter, not to steal from the voter, not to defraud the ordinary Motswana, but to protect the being of the ordinary Motswana. Many of the clowns masquerading as people’s representatives have failed this simple task. They are only able to preach hate, stupidity, arrogance and so worse, entitlement.

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This is not a political partisan commentary. This is a commentary on the choice of legislators across all political parties. The opposition block just like the ruling party is suffering from a disease of opting for a candidate on the basis that, such as aspirant has been trying her luck for many years without a nod from the internal party process called; primary elections. The same applies to the same clown being afforded a sympathy vote at the national elections, because the voter, uses a rare opportunity that comes only once after every five years, to soothe the wounded emotions of a character that has been losing elections almost all his life. Sadly, it is this very brain emptied voter who upon the failure of his or her choice to perform duties that should be effected by a legislator, suffers the most. We need more Gumas in the National Assembly.  

Guma has consistently been the kind of legislator that one wishes to return to Parliament every five years. His former role at the Parliamentary Accounts Committee and his current role at the Parliamentary Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises Committee are just the two of those star performances that has continued to verify that the people of Tati East know what they are doing when they elect at both their primary elections and at national elections.

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The effectiveness of Guma in Parliament, no matter where you move him; Cabinet, as he once served there, Parliamentary Accounts Committee, Parliamentary Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises Committee etcetera, gives the rest of us a middle finger. It exposes the ineffectiveness of a lot MPs. We all know of those legislators, or supposed legislators whose voices we can’t identify simply because we never heard such voices since they entered Parliament. To them, it is privileged enough to simply occupy the comfortable place at the high table through a red carpet. To them, as we have said here before in this space, it is waiting for the particular occasions such as the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and Budget Speech so they can fashion parade their most recent outfits. This is what they do best. They might as well just quit Parliament and become fashion gurus.

I applaud Samson Guma for his robustness in attending to national issues in the interest of the nation. It is rare to get such engagement from our supposed legislators. When they are not throwing water bottles at each other in Parliament, they are talking about increase of their salaries. Nothing of national interest ever comes out of that Parliament. When an opportunity arises to have some form of developmental debate coming out of the National Assembly, it comes out as a pack of decorated English words mixed with Latin that even the average in literacy can grasp what is being said. How pathetic!

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As we said in this space last week, the purpose of Parliament is not only to represent the ordinary masses, it is also to garner trust in the eyes and thought of the ordinary Motswana at home that he or she is being represented as was promised during campaigns. But when we have a Parliament that uses language alien to an ordinary Motswana yet dependent on the vote of an ordinary Motswana to be a legislator, such is purely arrogance. Best wishes as you go for the festive season Honourable Samson Guma Moyo. Though you have your own personal issues to handle, just like the rest of us; you have though taken your time, that you could have used to solve your personal problems, and dedicated such time to handling our national problems. This is so especially at a time when Members of Parliament hardly attend the National Assembly. One wonders if they are capable of attending Parliamentary oversight committees. You are indeed a rare representative of the people at a time of need.

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