Khama, Masisi’s gifts and their influence

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 22 November 2016   |   By Satff Writer
Khama, Masisi’s gifts and their influence

The State monitors the gifts and materials that are given to His Excellency the President and this are recorded and kept at the Office of the President. “I understand a gift, in contrast to a bribe, to be something that the ownership of which relinquished voluntarily without expectation of payment or favour from a person to whom it is given,” said assistant Minister Thato Kwerepe when answering a question in Parliament. He vehemently denied that such presents were influencing the President and his vice in their duties. MP for Francistown South Wynter Mmolotsi had asked the Minister to state how the State monitors gifts (monetary or material) that are given to His Excellency the President and His Honour the Vice President by individuals and companies; and ensure that such gifts do not influence them to take biased decisions towards such individuals or companies.


This how the debate went in Parliament:
MR MMOLOTSI: Supplementary. Minister, please explain to us how you make sure that when His Excellency the President and The Vice President are given gifts just like we recently witnessed the Vice President of JAF Motors gave him three cars amidst circumstances that we are hearing about “difonkong” having to be… I am concluding. Do you not think this could end up influencing the person in the receiving end to be biased when they are to make a decision of stopping the dealerships of “difonkong,” cars?
MR KWEREPE: Honourable Member of Parliament (MP) I do not think so. Thank you Madam Speaker.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Supplementary.
MADAM SPEAKER: No! I said this is not time for asking questions.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: it is an important question.
MADAM SPEAKER: No! No! It is way past question time. .
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Procedure.
MADAM SPEAKER: No!
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Procedure.
MADAM SPEAKER: Pay attention to me; I said we have gone past question time.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Procedure.
MADAM SPEAKER: I said we have gone past question time.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Yes Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: If you have any questions you will answer later, I will not allow any more questions.
MR MMOLOTSI: On a point of procedure. Madam Speaker, since this is a very important question that the nation is concerned about. Is it not possible to bring it back tomorrow so that we can ask the supplementary questions because the nation is concerned about how the leadership is being made corrupt?
MADAM SPEAKER: No, it cannot be returned tomorrow because it is not covered by any standing order; you are aware of this whip.



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