17 January 2018

Botswana: Khama Bids Babirwa Farewell

Bobonong — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama yesterday bid farewell to Babirwa.

In his farewell message to the community in Bobonong, President Khama said he was humbled by the presents especially, the cattle contributed by Bobirwa constituents and the area Member of Parliament, Mr Shaw Kgathi, which he said might motivate him to fully engage in pastoral farming.

President Khama said Bobirwa was not a new terrain to him as he frequented it when he was deputy commander of the Botswana Defence Force during the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe, as Vice President and 22 times as the head of state.

As he vacates the presidency, he said he would continue to work towards developing the lives of citizens through charity work and arts.

He added that he would also continue as Vision 2036 Council chairperson as well as BUAN chancellor.

On the other hand, President Khama urged residents to extend the support they have been giving him to the incoming President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi.

He also commended MP Kgathi for his commitment to his ministerial duties.

Further, he assured residents that he would assist them resolve their bogosi dispute, explaining he will meet with Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to find solution to the problem.

Earlier, Kgosi Ezekiel Joel of Bobonong said they welcomed President Khama as their paramount chief.

He said people in the constituency commended him for the sterling job during his term and happy for having touched many lives in a good way.

Kgosi Joel however raised concern about the Foot and Mouth Disease as well as high number of stock theft cases in the area.

MP Kgathi thanked Babirwa for preparing well for President Khama's farewell and contributing various presents.

He said during his 10 year tenure, Bobirwa had acquired many developmental projects such as construction of Thune Dam, Semolale police station, opening of Mabolwe Border Post as well as ongoing distribution of water to the 10 villages in the constituency.

He said other developments included construction of the 21km Bobonong internal roads, tarring of Bobonong/Tsetsebye road and resealing of Bobonong/Lekkerport roads.

He added that all villages were electrified in the constituency except Lentswelemoriti.

Again, he said programmes such as ISPAAD, LIMID, constituency tournament, President Day Sport Competitions, Gender Affairs Funding , Ipelegeng, Youth Police Volunteer and Special Constables changed people's lives.

Mr Kgathi, also Minister for Defence, Justice and Security, thanked President Khama for having trusted him by appointing him a minister.

On behalf of the business community, Ms Beauty Manake said the President had taught them to appreciate corporate social responsibility.

She said the business community thus realised that they were part of government and hence the need to help in realising the dream to develop the country.

Ms Manake stated that they were happy that the President introduced integrated farming because land was a scarce resource.

Other consolidated messages were read by different speakers from youth, women, and public representatives and from all 10 wards.

Babirwa contributed 51 herds of cattle with 10 simmental calves donated by MP Kgathi, two zebras, 27 goats, eight sheep, eight chickens, 800 bags of 12.5kg of sorghum meal from Farmers Pride, P44 000 from constituents, 44 artifacts, pigeons, bicycle, binoculars and many others.

Source : BOPA

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