Botswana: Chanoga Kgosi Decries Non-Compliance

Chanoga — Kgosi Oateng Setlhodi of Chanoga in the North West District has expressed concern about some people who continue to frustrate government efforts to control spread of corona virus.

He revealed in an interview that they received reports that some villagers were seen fishing along the Thamalakane River while some were illegally slaughtering livestock in the bush.

Kgosi Setlhodi said it was reported that some fishermen had been issued with fishing licences by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) prior to the outbreak while some were fishing illegally.

He stated that they expected all to abide by the extreme social distancing regulation, noting that they had engaged the law enforcement officers to follow up the issue and ensure all concerned people do what is expected.

The traditional leader appreciated that people had to earn a living but stressed the need for all to take government prevention measures seriously and implement them.

He also noted that the task force, which was established to ensure compliance in the village, was still overwhelmed by villagers who wanted travel permits to access services as far as Maun while some wanted to fetch water since the village was experiencing severe water shortage.

Kgosi Setlhodi said they had requested owner of Castelo Farm, which was two kilometres away from the village, to rescue residents by providing potable water during these difficult times.

He also stated that some villagers issued with permits were challenged to do some errands because of lack of public transport, especially those travelling to Maun.

Despite all these challenges, Kgosi Setlhodi expressed happiness that most of the villagers were in compliance with the extreme social distancing regulation since its commencement and stated that the task force would continue monitoring the situation to its end.

Source : BOPA

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