Shakawe — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has reassured Okavango populace that he would continue to assist and give support where necessary even after his term ended.
President Khama, who was speaking during his farewell kgotla meeting in Shakawe on December 20, also advised the people to rejoice because he was leaving them in the capable hands of the Vice President Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, who will be taking over the reigns, come April 1. "I have worked with Mr Masisi and he has proven himself as a hard worker who cares about the welfare of the people of Botswana and his performance is par excellence," said President Khama.
Responding to praises and accolades he was showered with by the people of Okavango, the President said he was happy that the masses appreciated his leadership.
Okavango MP, Mr Bagalatia Arone thanked the President for advancing developments in the country. "We have seen many developments in this constituency and we know that more are still in the pipeline," said Mr Arone. He said programmes such as Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) and the P10 million awarded to constituencies would see even more developments in the region.
The Okavango legislator applauded President Khama for his unrelenting voice against leaders who abused human rights around the world. He said this had made Botswana respected the world over.
A representative of people living with disabilities in Okavango, Ms Kapande Thase extolled President Khama for interacting with the people of Botswana regardless of their economic status. Ms Thase said it was during President Khama's tenure that disability casual allowance was introduced, a move they appreciated as people living with disabilities.
Other speakers appreciated government poverty eradication programmes, saying that the programmes had assisted them to graduate from poverty.
For instance, Mr Samson Keheletswe, who represented the youth, said President Khama's leadership was focused on the development of young people. He said more youth were now entrepreneurs as a result of President Khama's good administration.
Shakawe Senior Secondary School's Mr Kaendee Kandapaera, who represented the public servants, praised the President for protecting the civil service during the past economic recession. Many governments retrenched their employees, but it was not the case in Botswana as you allowed civil servants to continue with their jobs.
He said it was a good move for President Khama's administration to allow public servants who work at the remotest areas to stay for free in pool houses.
Also, Mr Kandapaera thanked President Khama's administration for extending SHHA programme to public employees who are in salary scale of D4 and bellow. In addition, Mr Kandapaera commended government for allowing public servants to open businesses as this helps them augment their salaries.
Mr Kandapaera further praised the government for allowing retired public servants such as nurses to be employed on contract basis.
He further assured the President that as public servants they would continue to serve the public and implement government programmes to reduce poverty in this country.
Meanwhile, President Khama received 11 cows, six goats, 21 handmade baskets and cash amounting to P7 218. 50.
Source : BOPA