Letlhakane — Public security remains key in government's efforts to create a conducive environment for secure businesses and promotion of investment opportunities.
Speaking at a ground breaking ceremony for the over P1.2m Mopipi police post project recently, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane said it was against such backdrop that government continued to resource and capacitate the police service.
"We have done this even under very difficult economic conditions and will continue to do so," he said.
He said in a bid to ensure equitable distribution and improve accessibility of police resources and services amid budget limitations, a decision had been taken to build and capacitate police posts at strategic locations as opposed to investing in bigger but fewer police stations.
Such approach, he said, would undoubtedly go a long way in improving police visibility, speed of service and provision of feedback key to effective policing.
Government, Mr Tsogwane said, had constructed 25 police posts nationwide between 2017 and 2019.
He said for 2019/20 financial year, 30 police posts wwere planned for but the number was reduced down to 12, owing to budgetary constraints.
He said Mopipi village formed part of the prioritised package for the current financial year.
Government would strive for implementation of remaining posts in subsequent plans, he said.
The project had been awarded to Kokanten (PTY) Ltd, a youth registered company, at a cost of P1 253 313.60 over a period of 20 weeks.
The appointment, he said was in line with youth empowerment programme.
Mr Tsogwane said the approved structure comprised a community service centre, a consultation room, three offices, kitchenette and ablution facilities.
He urged the contractor to honour agreed timelines in order to avoid cost overruns and associated delays.
Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi said implementation of the 12 police posts was delayed by complaints lodged by bidders.
By March next year, all the 12 posts would be completed, he said.
He said the ministry was committed to fight crime in Botswana.
Mr Kgathi informed his audience that the Stocktheft Act had been amended saying a first offender was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, whilst second offender would face a 15-year prison sentence.
Parliament, he said had also amended the Penal Code stating that a person found with human body parts would be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison and maximum of 15.
Source : BOPA