Mogonye — The President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, has praised Botswana Police Services (BPS) for going all out to improve lives.
The accolades followed BPS handover of a two-bedroomed house to Ms Masego Bose of Mogonye in the Southern District on August 16.
The project, which cost over P200 000, included electicity and water connection, construction of a boundary fence, chicken coop as well as furniture.
President Masisi said the gesture was in line with government's vision of eradicating poverty and providing decent shelter for the less priviledged.
He said since countries were battling with global warming, there was need to protect people against adverse weather conditions.
He noted that even though the focus had been on those in abject poverty, the intention was to broaden the scope so that more people could benefit.
Dr Masisi further noted that the fact that the project was undertaken through individual contributions by BPS staff reflected on the love that Batswana had for each other.
Such spirit, he said, would also go a long way in enhancing community policing and promoting peace.
President Masisi commended the BPS for peacefully co-existing with the community, which he said was not the case in other countries.
He said it was, therefore, not surprising that the BPS was ranked the best in Africa.
He, however, urged the police to work towards competing globally so that they could be ranked as one of the best in the world.
Furthermore, President Masisi noted that peace and tranquility that existed in Botswana should not be taken for granted because they built the country's democracy.
He underscored the need for Batswana to carry on with such spirit even in this year's general election.
He also appealed to spiritual leaders to pray for the elections so that peace and tranquility would continue to prevail.
Police Commissioner, Mr Keabetswe Makgophe, explained that the project, which started two years ago, was undertaken through personal contributions and various fundraising activities.
He said through their social responsibility initiative, they aimed at heeding government's call to help the less priviledged members of society.
He noted that the project demonstrated the importance of their partnerships with the communities to prevent and fight crime.
Consequently, he assured the President that the BPS would continue to assist government in its endeavour to improve people's lives. He said he was optimistic that the house would give the family dignity and redeem their hope in life.
Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, also Member of Parliament for Moshupa/Manyana, Mr Karabo Gare commended the BPS for their dedication by working against challenges to raise P200 000 for the project.
That, he said, showed that love was embedded in their hands.
Thus, he encouraged other organisations and individuals to emulate the BPS so that collectively they could transform Botswana.
Mr Gare noted that if government's burden was reduced, then funds could be channelled towards infrastructure development.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>