Gabane — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has appealed to Batswana to support Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi when he takes over as the country's President.
President Khama, who is on a nationwide tour to bid citizens farewell as he prepares to step-down during end of his tenure, told a kgotla meeting in Gabane recently that Batswana supported him and wished the same for Mr Masisi.
He thanked Batswana for their support during his tenure and for acknowledging his leadership role in developing the country and its people.
Batswana are equal partners with the government in manning the country, as such when parents fail their duties, the government systems alone cannot cope, he said.
President Khama further commended the Botswana Police Service for having been ranked number one in Africa.
He also promised Gabane residents that government would look into the possibility of increasing the number of police officers in the village.
However, he regretted that efforts to increase the number of police officers in the village could be throttled by shortage of accommodation.
The President also told the residents that it would not be ideal to allocate plots without first servicing them, saying the beneficiaries would ultimately pressure the government to provide services.
President Khama was responding to a comment from the Gabane/Mmankgodi Member of Parliament, Major General Pius Mokgware who had opined that the land boards should be allowed to allocate un-serviced land plots.
He said most people wanted to build but they had not been allocated land, adding that in Gabane for instance, the land board was allocating plots to people who applied in 1994.
He said the Gabane waiting list stood at 140 000 while Mmankgodi list was at 8 500 and he further complained about alleged rampant corruption at Mogodisthane Land Board.
Major General Mokgware also thanked President Khama for developing the area adding that the construction of the Gabane internal roads had almost started
The legislator also commended the President for the expansion of Mmankgodi-Mogoditshane road into a dual carriage way.
Kgosi Seeletso Pule said President Khama had worked tirelessly for the country from his days at Botswana Dence Force, Vice President and later President of the Republic.
As president, he said Lt Gen. Dr Khama came up with various programmes which were geared towards improving the lives of the people such as Ipelegeng, poverty eradication, Presidential Housing Appeal and others.
Source : BOPA