Botswana: Project Delays in Constituency Worrisome

Mabuwe — Member of Parliament for Nkange, Mr Edwin Batshu says project delays in the constituency were a major setback.

This he said when addressing a kgotla meeting in Mabuwe on April 16.

Mr Batshu highlighted that Independent Electoral Commission office being built in Tutume at a cost of over P11 million was scheduled to have been completed by October 2017, but to date the project had not been completed.

It is 93 per cent complete.

He said the contractor being a Motswana had requested several extensions, which were granted.

However, he has failed to meet the schedule of extension.

In addition, he pointed out that another project in the constituency due to be handed over was the Maitengwe Police Station, which was scheduled to be handed over next month.

He said the project was 72 per cent complete instead of being at least 90 per cent complete.

This, he said was a serious concern because government worked according to plan and the expectation was that projects be done as per schedule so that others could take off as well.

He noted that having projects finishing on time gave those tasked to monitor them ample time to focus on new ones as per schedule instead of having to move back and forth making follow-ups on those that were left behind.

He nonetheless commended the company building the Botswana Housing Corporation fifty houses in Tutume, which he said was almost through, having covered 95 per cent of the job.

Twenty of the houses have been bought by Botswana Police Service while other government departments including education have shared the remaining 30.

He as such said the houses were going to address the burning issues of shortage of staff houses in the area.

Further, Mr Batshu said having companies finishing work on time gave the government and the beneficiaries confidence that such a company could be engaged on other works if need arose.

He therefore appealed to local contractors to pull up their socks and work as per the time frame agreed upon.

On other updates, he said a satellite police station had been completed in Nkange and the officers were waiting to be allocated a vehicle, which would ease their job.

He noted that the office was going to ease work on Tutume office and improve service delivery as it would serve other villages such as Senete, Changate as well as settlements and cattle posts within its vicinity.

In addition, he stated that an upgraded police station being a semi urban station was planned to be built in Tutume in the next financial year.

Meanwhile, MP Batshu expressed disappointment at the extent of damages caused on new developments around the constituency.

He noted that the P280-million Tutume infrastructure development project had a component of installing 1 200 street lights and to date 641 lights had been installed.

He however said some people had already started destroying the lights and stealing the solar panels.

He said such acts indicated that there was a market for such stolen items within the community, hence the perpetrators were destroying government property to serve their market.

He thus warned that causing damage to government property was punishable by law.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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