Botswana: Midterm Review Beacon of Hope

Ramokgonami — Residents of Ramokgonami have been promised that a police station and upgrading of the local clinic would be considered during the midterm review of National Development Plan 11.

The promises were made by ministers of Defence, Justice and Security Mr Shaw Kgathi and Dr Alfred Madigele of Health and Wellness during a kgotla meeting addressed by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in the village on Monday.

Minister Kgathi said government was aware of criminal activities, especially stock theft, being experienced in the village.

He said stock theft was rampant in Ramokgonami with 26 cases having been recorded since the beginning of the year.

Residents heard that the amended Stock Theft Act would play a significant role in combating the crime.

The amendments include increasing the prison term from five to 12 years for first offenders and 15 years in jail for repeat offenders, Mr Kgati said.

Minister Kgathi said the licenses of butchery owners implicated in the purchasing of stolen livestock would be revoked.

Responding to residents request for the extension of Ramokgonami Clinic operating hours and its upgrading, Dr Madigele noted that more personnel would be required for the move.

The minister acknowledged that the clinic operated as a referral point for surrounding villages.

On the request for a backup generator for the clinic, he said it would be catered for in the budget for 2020/21 financial year.

Regarding shortage of transport at Ramokgonami Customary Court, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ms Botlogile Tshireletso indicated that a vehicle would be purchased for this financial year.

She explained that the kgotla vehicle, which was boarded in 2014 had not yet been replaced due to financial constraints.

On other issues, the assistant minister said government was in the process of restructuring and upgrading 665 headmen around the country to the level of headmen of arbitration.

She said the move was motivated by the fact that headmen played the role of overseer on behalf of government. .

They therefore had to be recognised for that role, Ms Tshireletso said.

She said government had managed to construct and maintain 50 kgotla shelters in different villages around the country.

Meanwhile residents of Ramokgonami have commended President Masisi for the good work he had done since assuming the presidency.

They noted that he had been travelling around the world promoting Botswana as the best investment destination.

Some applauded President Masisi for inviting media mogul and TV personality Mr Steve Harvey to Botswana to help in improving the country's entertainment industry.

Giving a vote of thanks, Minister of Transport and Communications Ms Dorcas Makgato commended President Masisi for working tirelessly to lure investors to the country.

She said through Masisi's globe-trotting, he had managed to secure a P300 million grant from China which would be used for constructing roads across the country.

Ms Makgato said the tarring of Pilikwe/Radisele Road would be financed through the grant.

She also mentioned that government was in negotiations with big airlines such as Qatar Airlines had and Kenyan Airways to fly via Botswana to other countries.

This would have a positive impact in the country's economy, she said.

Ms Makgato went on to thank Ramokgonami residents and the rest of the Ramokgonami -Sefhare constituency for the support they had given her during her tenure as the area MP.

She attributed her achievements to their input, patience and support.

Source : BOPA

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