8 July 2018

Botswana: Masisi Donates Blankets to Elderly

East Hanahai — President Mokgweetsi Masisi has donated 300 blankets to East Hanahai and West Hanahai elderly residents.

Speaking during the handing over of the blankets on Saturday, President Masisi, who was accompanied by First Lady Ms Neo Masisi and daughter, Atsile said it was important to appreciate the elderly people for their remarkable parenting roles that he said they did with much love.

He said the donated blankets would keep them warm during the dreadful winter seasons. The two villages received 150 blankets each.

He observed that the population in these villages were growing at a high rate, therefore he made a call to all stakeholders to partner with government to create sustainable job opportunities for all. Moreover, he encouraged other stakeholders to assist the less privileged in different communities for them to live dignified lives as well.

The President also cautioned residents to shun corruption as it would have serious repercussions such as weakening the country's economy.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, East Hanahai Kgosi Johannes Bagwasi, appreciated the donated gifts from the President.

He also extended his appreciation towards the poverty eradication programmes that are aimed at improving people's lives.

He said despite the encountered challenges such as the reluctance in the uptake of these programmes, there is hope that the more people are informed, the more they would come on board to utilize them.

He said for them to be active, village leadership should also be at the forefront to assist in promoting government initiatives.

On other issues, Kgosi Bagwasi decried about the unavailability of veterinary officer in their locality, which he said forces farmers to travel to Ghanzi to seek assistance.

He also said at Tribal Administration, they are faced with shortage of transport, since their vehicle has been boarded but has not yet been replaced, thus affecting service delivery.

For his part, Kgosi Khoxo Xase from West Hanahai also shared Kgosi Bagwasi's sentiments appreciating President Masisi's benevolence.

The two leaders both decried poor road conditions as it affects movement between their villages.

Kgosi Xase proposed that the road be maintained regularly to avoid frequent breakdowns.

In his closing remarks, Ghanzi South Member of Parliament, Mr Christian DeGraff also extended his appreciations to President Masisi for the donations, that he said came at the right time and the beneficiaries would be able to beat the cold.

Hesaid both President Masisi and former President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama have a golden heart towards the less privileged.

"These statesmen have their citizens' welfare at heart," he said.

Furthermore, Mr DeGraff informed his constituents that, he would not contest for the upcoming general elections but he promised them that he would continue serving them even upon his retirement.

"Charity is closer to my heart than politics" he said.

Source : BOPA

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