Botswana: Lepashe Still Waiting for Road Maintenance

Lepashe — Lepashe residents have appealed to government to do something about their road, which is in a bad state.

The residents made the plea during a kgotla meeting addressed by Member of Parliament for Nata/Gweta Mr Polson Majaga on May 14, noting that for years, they have been given promises, which never materialised.

Expressing his disappointment at how far behind his village was, Kgosi Mmoloki Tshabisa said government departments that were servicing them were aware of the challenges they faced due to the bad state of the road.

He said the rainy season was the worst because all their access roads to service centres, would be blocked by flooded rivers.

Kgosi Tshabisa suggested that proper assessment be done, if their having a road depended on the volume of traffic, adding that because it was a bypass from Boteti to Maun areas, a good number of tourists used it.

He further noted that their saving grace was the Matsitama copper mine, which used to maintain the road when the mine was still operational, adding that since the closure of the mine, maintenance had been poor, hence even the number of people using it had dropped.

Further, he stated that at the last submission of constituency fund projects, they had agreed not to submit any new projects, but asked to have their share for this financial year used to construct culverts on the rivers surrounding the village.

He said council overlooked their proposal and instead decided to build kgotla offices.

However, village development committee chairperson, Mr Gorataone Gasemotho appreciated the completion of major projects in the village such as three LA2 and three two-roomed houses.

He further noted that the fencing of the kgotla as well as toilets at the school had also been completed, lamenting however that although the projects were complete, they had not been officially handed over to them, hence those needing accommodation such as the social worker were still waiting.

Mr Gasemotho lamented poor communication between the committee and the Tutume Sub-district Council, noting that often there would be delays on projects lasting close to a month, with no update from the council.

Department of Roads chief technical officer based in Nata, Mr Tobedzani Makala said the tender for the Matsitama-Mosetse road, which is a bypass road of Lepashe, is still at Ministerial Tender Committee.

Mr Makala said the tender entailed dry grading and spot improvement on the road, which he said would improve the situation.

For his part, Mr Majaga said he had proposed that government considered setting up a National Road Agency, which would focus on the maintenance of all roads.

On other issues, he said Lepashe would be among villages that would be electrified this financial year, together with Manxotae and Sepako.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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