Member of Parliament for Gaborone Central Dr Phenyo Butale is contemplating taking legal action against parliament after he was he bungled and thrown out of parliament on Monday, sources have said. Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) spokesperson Wynter Mmolotsi said on Friday evening that they were awaiting the arrival of party president Duma Boko over the weekend to provide guidance on the way forward. Boko has been out of the country on official business. Mmolotsi said the party leadership will meet early in the week to take legal advice and guidance from Boko- a reputable human rights lawyer. "We will take a decision on the matter by next week," he said, not denying that they are contemplating pursuing the legal route to seek redress.
Dr Butale told the media midweek that the incident is not going to derail him from his mission because his mind is occupied in ensuring that the current water and power crisis are solved. “I was not going to walk out on my responsibility as the representative of the people of Gaborone Central constituency. I will fight to the bitter end,” said Dr Butale, despite that he was bungled and thrown out of parliament and stripped of his dignity.
Troubles for Butale started when he wanted to table an urgent motion on the power and water crisis currently crippling the economy but the Deputy Speaker Kagiso Molatlhegi turned it down leading to chaos and scuffles in parliament. He said that they are going to use other forums to ensure that the power and water crisis is addressed like holding mass actions and addressing meetings.
Speaking at the same briefing, MP for Okavango Bagalatia Aarone called on opposition MPs to stop behaving like Christians but take on the ruling party head on by being militant. Earlier on, UDC Vice President Ndaba Gaolathe said that they are going to force a debate on the issue and have now changed tactics on how to approach the issue. He said the current regime does not value excellence and talent instead holds grudges, hence capable Batswana are sidelined when dealing with pertinent issues like water and power crisis.
He said there is enough water in Botswana but poor governance has led to the nation going thirsty. Another concern raised by Gaolathe who is also a Member of Parliament for Gaborone Bonnington South was that Botswana does not have a power and water regulator and is probably the only country within the region. The soft spoken MP said the current situation has reached a proportion where it cannot be left to the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources but need a dialogue where different stakeholders participates.