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The Botswana Speaks Team at the Parliament of Botswana is going for a trip in the four piloting constituencies of the project. Two members of the team will be going to the various constituencies (different members for each trip), together with an IT Officer who will be going to all of them.

Timeline
The team will spend 5 working days in each of the four piloting constituencies as follows:
•    Nata/Gweta: from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August
•    Boteti North: from Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August
•    Maun West: from Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August
•    South East South: from Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August

The Parliament will bring laptops with internet modems for the public to use during the meetings. After a quick presentation of the platform, most of the time will be spent on citizens using the platform and sending their questions / concerns to their elective representative with the assistance of the team.

The agenda of the meetings that will be organised this week at Nata/Gweta is as follows:
•    Tuesday 30 July : Nata, Nata Senior School, starting at 09:00
•    Wednesday 31 July: Gweta, Kutlwano Junior Secondary School, starting at 09:00
•    Thursday 1 August: Sowa Town, Joiba Complex, starting at 09:00

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The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative is now running its pilot phase and all Batswana are invited to sign up, to view ongoing polls, to discuss and debate issues that concern them!

These past months have been very fruitful for the project. Among other activities undertaken, the initiative was successfully presented in various international conferences in Africa, United States and Europe and a lot of interest and visibility was raised. Concurrently, meetings with local authorities in the four pilot constituencies were on focus during this period as a way to raise awareness about the launch of the pilot phase. Media outlets in Botswana like Mmegi and Daily News covered the launch of the pilot phase and qualified Botswana Speaks as an interactive platform that leads to better constituency services.

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The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative is now running its pilot phase and all Batswana are invited to sign up, to view ongoing polls, to discuss and debate issues that concern them!

These past months have been very fruitful for the project. Among other activities undertaken, the initiative was successfully presented in various international conferences in Africa, United States and Europe and a lot of interest and visibility was raised. Concurrently, meetings with local authorities in the four pilot constituencies were on focus during this period as a way to raise awareness about the launch of the pilot phase. Media outlets in Botswana like Mmegi and Daily News covered the launch of the pilot phase and qualified Botswana Speaks as an interactive platform that leads to better constituency services.

Enjoy our newsletter issue and get updated on the project’s news, upcoming events and other relevant news! Stay always abreast of the project’s news by following us on social media!

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You come from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West or South East South?

Use U-Speak to share an issue, an opinion or request information to your Member of Parliament. You can either submit an issue on the online platform or send it via SMS!

Botswana Speaks gives a chance to Members of Parliament from those four constituencies to receive input and to reply directly to you via the online platform or via SMS!

Constituency meetings are organised as part of the project in villages in Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South to discuss issues that concern you and that you want to share with your Member of Parliament. Find out when is the next constituency meetings close to you here.

You come from another constituency?

You can also be part of Botswana Speaks! Use Speak4Yourself to discuss, debate issues and legislation that is currently discussed in the Parliament. All Members of Parliament can participate to these debates and receive input from you!

Send us your comments and suggestions on the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative platform: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Welcoming remarks were done by Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, the Paramount Chief of the area. Hon. Odirile Motlhale, Member of Parliament for South East South then presented the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative together with Antoine Brasset from Gov2u.
Representatives of local governments were present (district council, sub-district council, tribal authorities, police…) at the meeting and all were very enthusiastic about the Botswana Speaks Initiative and were looking forward to using the platform, as they have many concerns to raise to their MP (i.e. gravel roads, education system etc…).
The Botswana Speaks platform will allow citizens from Nata/Gweta, South East South, Maun West and Boteti North to share their input and opinions on issues that concern them directly with their Members of Parliament (MPs). This online platform goes together with the organization of constituency meetings in those four constituencies to gather citizens' inputs offline to then be made available to MPs online. One of the aims of this initiative in those four constituencies is to improve constituency services. At the same time, the platform will enable citizens from the whole country to take part in discussions on legislation as discussed in the National Assembly.

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