Botswana: Khama Thanks Residents

President Ian Khama (file photo).

Mmashoro — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has thanked residents of Serowe West constituency for working well with him during his tenure as area MP and Vice President.

Bidding farewell to Serowe West constituents at Mmashoro on Thursday, President Khama thanked the constituents for their support.

He also thanked the constituents for the gifts, vowing to take good care of them while assuring them that he would continue with his charity work, helping the less privileged members of society.

President Khama also thanked them for allowing their area MP Mr Tshekedi Khama to serve in his Cabinet as the Minister of Environment, Natural Resource Concervation and Tourism, adding that Mr Khama helped him a lot.

He said Cabinet ministers' work was overwhelming and unlike ordinary MPs , they do have limited time to meet with their respective constituents.

President Khama further informed the residents that the proposed police station at Mmashoro would be constructed in 2019.

He also informed them that an agreement had been made to allocate a farm to Mmashoro and Dimajwe youth to enable them to undertake projects funded through the Youth Development Fund .

He said landboards across the country had been instructed to help allocate plots to the youth funded through YDF.

The gifts which he was given included among others cash amounting to P24 300, 12 cattle, 20 goats, a trailer, 25 chickens, two horses, seven ducks and three guinea fowls.

President Khama also took the opportunity to thank his private secretary Mr Tuelo Moloko who will be retiring from the public service on April 1, saying he and Mr Moloko came a long way from the time when he was MP for Serowe West.

He said he enjoyed working with Mr Moloko, adding, "I want to work with hard working people like Mr Moloko."

For his part, Serowe West MP Mr Tshekedi Khama also thanked President Khama for the job well done during his tenure as President and Vice President.

He said President Khama assumed his role at a very difficult time when the economy of the country was hit hard by the global economic recession but he defied the odds by keeping the economy afloat.

He also thanked him for good governance, adding that this nation prided itself with peace and harmony and did not suffer any starvation.

The MP said government was doing everything possible to create employment for Batswana.

He assured President Khama that he and other Batswana would continue working hard adding that President Khama inspired him to work hard and respect time.

He said President Khama had touched many lives through the programmes he introduced namely President's Housing Appeal where over 800 houses were built for the less privileged members of society, ISPAAD, Ipelegeng and many others.

Minister Khama also took the time to thank his constituents for according him the opportunity to serve as their area MP and Cabinet minister.

For his part, Kgosi Opelo Disang thanked President Khama for visiting his village to bid the residents farewell.

He also thanked him for his good governance following in the footsteps of his predecessors.

However he decried high crime rate and shortage of accommodation for teachers.

Kgosi Disang also proposed that the land board reserve 30 per cent of land demarcated for farms to Mmashoro residents.

Source : BOPA

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