9 October 2018

Botswana: Council Dissolution Not Instant - Minister

Gaborone — Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi says the dissolution of a local authority is not a one-time thing, but rather a process which entails several steps.

Addressing members of the press on Monday, Dr Venson-Moitoi explained that the first step of the process was the announcement by the minister of the intention to dissolve a local authority.

Regarding the Sowa Town Council, the minister stated that her visit to the township last week marked that first step as it was where she made the announcement of her intention to dissolve the council.

The next stage, she said, was to set up an inquiry, the purpose of which was, according to Section 89 (2) of the Local Government Act; to review, consider and report on the situation at hand.

Dr Venson-Moitoi said the four-man team comprising Mssrs Kruger Balosang, John Phatshwe, Loeto Porati and Ms Kerileng Thela was already in Sowa to conduct the inquiry.

The minister said the ministry was carrying out the entire process with the support of the Attorney General's office so that they do things within the confines of the law.

Source : BOPA

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