Botswana: Bakgatla Present Requests to Masisi

Mochudi — Residents of Mochudi on September 10 presented President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi with a litany of development-related requests.

Bakgatla deputy chief Kgosi Bana Sekai kick-started the presentation of requests by asking for a second hospital for Kgatleng District.

Welcoming the President and his entourage, Kgosi Senai said Deborah Retief Memorial (DRM) hospital was congested and did not have a mortuary.

He said his office was inundated with requests from disgruntled DRM customers seeking his intervention.

Umbrella Village Development Committee chairperson Mr Mosinki Gare said development projects financed through the Constituency Development Fund were delayed by poor productivity on the part of the council.

Mr Gare said the Mochudi-Malotwana Road needed maintenance noting that central government had availed funds for the project.

On the Pilane landfill, he said it had outlived its life span and called for the construction of a new one.

He welcomed the opening of a police station in Mmathubudukwane but said the Mochudi one should be extended to enable the police to keep up with the escalating crime.

He requested that VDC members should be given allowances as the spirit of volunteerism has diminished with people having to scramble to sustain their families.

Responding, President Masisi said a new hospital for Mochudi had been included in National Development Plan 11 and it would be a state of the art facility with 120 beds.

Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness Mr Setlhomo Lelatisitswe said they were extending Makgophana and Boseja clinics to deal with congestion.

For her part, Minister of Transport and Communications, Ms Dorcas Makgato informed the meeting that Malotwana-Mochudi road project would go to tender soon explaining that it would be reconstructed but not resurfaced, while the Modipane-Mabalane road was at design stage. The minister said the Oodi-Modipane road had been designed, although not in NDP 11.

Following reports and a complaint that Gaborone-based companies benefited from council tenders to the detriment of Kgatleng ones, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Mr

Frans Van der Westhuizen said the council should follow the Local Economic Empowerment policy.

Mr Van der Westhuizen explained that headmen of arbitration should work for two days at the main kgotla and three at their respective dikgotla.

He said the headmen were not salaried but received allowances as it would be too costly for government to pay them all salaries.

The minister said with regard to the kgotla shelter, tenders for the design had been issued and the two Kgatleng constituencies had each contributed P1.5 million towards its construction.

He called for communication and cooperation to ensure development projects undertaken through Constituency Development Fund ran smoothly.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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