Botswana: Exercise Prudent Financial Management

Tsabong — Tsabong Sub District Council personnel have been implored to exercise prudent financial management in the face of a tight budget for the current financial year.

Speaking at the first sitting of Tsabong SubDistrict Council session in the 2019/20 financial year, the sub district chairperson, Mr Gideon Martin called on all to ensure that high end projects were prioritised and effectively implemented despite financial constraints.

He said the Tsabong Sub District Council had been allocated P93 468 580 for the financial year, which was a 2.39 per cent reduction on last year's allocation of P95 757 800.

Mr Martin called on all to utilise the financial resources diligently and employ cost containment measures where necessary, to ensure key projects were not affected.

"I implore the administrative wing to prioritise their external trips and share transport to minimise the costs. I know that with your good leadership, this challenge can be turned into opportunities that will benefit us all," he said.

He called on councillors to challenge themselves, look back on past achievements, challenges and lessons learnt and come up with interventions to address them.

Further, he called on them to meaningfully engage during the council sitting to track progress of projects and programmes, which had been implemented in the last financial year.

Responding to the chairman's address, councillors expressed concern over the Kokotsha-Tsabong stretch, which they said was worn out with potholes which posed danger to road users.

Draaihoek/Makopong councillor, Mr Philix Matswiri asked for action to be taken saying councillors requested the rehabilitation of the old road as far back as 2015.

Responding, Department of Roads representative Mr Mothusi Kgothi said the road in question was under maintenance adding that work had already commenced.

He explained that due to budgetary connstraints, the road would not be done at once but section by section until it was completed.

Mr Kgothi admitted that the road was old and needed to be completely scrapped off as potholes continued to recur even after maintenance.

On the Middlepits-Tsabong Road maintenance, he said the the project was in the process of retendering as the contractor unduly terminated his contract.

Councillors deliberated on various projects including housing, maintenance issues, roads and bus terminals.

They appreciated challenges surrounding the rolling out of some government programmes and policies to some areas.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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