- 12 May 2020
- Posted by: Oarabile Mapogo
The Botswana National Assembly, hereafter referred to as Parliament, holds about three sessions every year, the Budget Session, the Winter Session, and the State of the Nation Address Session (SONA). In this report, the focus is on the just ended Winter Meeting, which ran from 3 July 2019 to 7 August 2019. Because of the General Elections which were held on the 23rd of October 2019, the winter session duration was rather short compared to the previous Winter Meetings.
In the report we analyze questions posed by Members of Parliament (MPs) to the Executive Arm of Government. While Parliament sits from Monday to Friday, MPs can only ask questions from Monday to Thursday, and this is restricted to 45 Minutes per day. Before any session can begin, the questions are listed on the order paper the day before, and the exchange will be recorded on the Hansard, which contains everything said verbatim during a house sitting.
- 130 questions asked
- Questions were split in four categories: National Questions- those whose scope involved a large section of the country.
- Local Questions-asked at a constituency level or restricted to a particular area.
- Both categories were further analyzed on whether the questions were seeking accountability or transparency.
- There is also a category of who answers questions asked by MPs,
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