16 May 2018

Botswana: Boteti in Good Hands - Masisi

Rakops — President Mokgweetsi Masisi has assured Boteti West constituents that the Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane would continue to serve them efficiently as their area Member of Parliament.

President Masisi said yesterday at a kgotla meeting held in Rakops that Boteti West constituency was in good hands and all developmental projects and services requested would be catered for accordingly.

He said he decided to appoint Mr Tsogwane as Vice President and Botswana Democratic Party national chairperson because he displayed good leadership traits.

The appointment of VP, he said, had been possible through the support of Boteti West constituents because an appointed VP should be somebody who has a constituency.

President Masisi commended them for electing a good leader, saying they should protect and promote him in a positive manner.

He said he had expected Boteti West residents to react positively to media accusations that emerged against the VP recently.

President Masisi said Mr Tsogwane as the Vice President would serve the whole country and therefore they should not be aggrieved when they see him visiting other villages and countries.

In addition, he said, he would continue to work efficiently with his ministers in line with government policies to develop the lives of Batswana.

President Masisi promised that issues of concern affecting Batswana would be tackled accordingly, citing human/wildlife conflict and alcohol abuse.

He promised that festivals would be allowed, though with limited time frame, noting that Botswana government was a democratic one.

President Masisi said he would assign a team to address issues of human development and social protection in Boteti West.

He said there would be a satellite centre for skills development in Rakops.

For his part, Mr Tsogwane urged Batswana to remain patriotic, saying most of Batswana who win tenders failed to complete projects.

The VP also encouraged people to follow protocol when registering their grievances to avoid delays. He noted that youth development was the main focus at rural development council.

Rakops deputy chief representative, Kgosi Kopano Mabona complained about wild animals that destroyed people's fields, calling for the intervention of the Ministryt of Agriculture Development and Food Security as well as that of Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism.

Mr Sam Digwa, a resident, requested that Boteti should be a fully-fledged district and Rakops be declared a sub-district, while Mr Oaitse Gwendu complained about poor condition of Makalamabedi-Motopi road.

In response, Central District Council secretary, Mr Mozondic Moswete said Rakops had since been identified as a service centre and consequently a sub-district, but due to economic recession the project was deferred.

Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism, Mr Felix Monggae said the ministry was devising plans to curb human-wildlife conflict.

He stated that there was a P50 000 compensation for loss of life due to wild animals.

Source : BOPA

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