Botswana: Kanana Residents Complain of Social Workers Conduct

Francistown — Residents of Kanana Ward in Gerald Estates have complained about some council employees who do not take their work seriously.

Commenting during a Kgotla meeting addressed by their area MP Mr Ignatius Moswaane, residents said some officers had a tendency of ill-treating them when requesting for services.

They said some officers lacked respect as they could make them wait for many hours while attending to their private matters or speaking personal things on their cellular phones.

Residents complained that most of them had been removed from the destitute programme without proper consultation.

On other issues, residents said their Kgotla shelter needed upgrading as they were unable to hold meetings during rainy seasons.

They complained to the MP about people who cease taking their medications with the belief that they were healed by their churches.

Residents also decried crime which they said was rampant in their area, suggesting that the council should consider employing Ipelegeng personnel to de-bush crime hot spots.

For his part Mr Moswaane said it was high time that false prophets were exposed.

Mr Moswaane said developed countries such United States of America, China, Russia and others use ARVs to contain HIV/AIDS virus and this should be the same in countries like Botswana.

On other issues, Mr Moswaane said that Social and Community Development officers should not remove anyone from food rationing programme when they had not graduated from the programme and without proper consultation and assessment.

He said P5 million had been put aside from the P10 million constituency fund to be used for the construction of the shopping mall in their area.

He explained that the project would go through tendering process and selection of a plot.

Mr Moswaane said Ipelegeng should engaged in projects for which it was established, saying the multi-purpose hall was under construction and at the same time observed that the guard room should be constructed by Ipelegeng personnel as it was much cheaper that way.

He castigated the council for not using P9 billion for development projects in Francistown but resorting to using the existing P6 million from the community funds.

Mr Moswaane cited an example that the P285 000 for Kanana office blocks which went back into the city council cofers and that the P90 000 earmarked for construction of the guard room was more than enough as only P13 000 could have been used through engaging Ipelegeng personnel.

He said his wish was to engage in projects that could bring change to the lives of the community and cited construction of a day care center which could employ youth.

Mr Moswaane appealed to the youth to use condoms and advised that gender violence should be reported to police.

Principal Welfare Officer I, Ms Gaolape Thema their offices do not sponsor students for tertiary education, but could recommend for a waiver for exemption.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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