Botswana: Shun Corruption - Letsholathebe

Francistwon — Tati East legislator, Dr Douglas Letsholathebe has appealed to the North East District leadership to shun corruption. Addressing the leadership in a joint meeting with his Tati West counterpart, Mr Simon Moabi recently, Dr Letsholathebe said corruption could destroy the economy.

"You must be bold to talk about it and as the leadership of this country, we will support you in tackling corruption," he added.

Dr Letsholathebe, who is also the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology said corruption had led to loss of wealth, something that could destroy the future of Botswana.

He appealed to the district leadership to support teachers so that they produce better results, adding that he was happy as most schools in the district were doing well in their academic performance, but emphasised that more support was still needed.

Dr Letsholathebe said only a few schools were performing below par due to factors beyond their control.

He also commended Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) for having performed well in the year under review, adding that Tati East constituency did not experience any water shortages and that water connections to households had also improved.

However, Dr Letsholathebe complained that Community Constituency Projects (CCP) were giving MPs a headache because projects undertaken under the fund were not those planned for.

He said members of the Village Development Community (VDCs) needed to be educated on the fund to ensure that relevant projects were included and funded under CCP.

"You are the brains of the district, educate them so that they fully understand what this fund is intended for," he said.

Both Dr Letsholathebe and Mr Moabi advised that projects undertaken under the fund should be approved by the MPs office to avoid any clashes with VDCs.

MP Moabi explained that guidelines on how the constituency fund should be used were available.

The leadership was advised to educate the people on the dangers of allocating people plots on land that had not been serviced.

Earlier on when briefing the two legislators, acting District Commissioner, Ms Itani Mathumo said the district was facing serious challenges of unemployment.

She attributed this to the outbreak of COVID-19, which had disrupted economic activities in the district.

However, she explained that the North East district was doing all it could to resuscitate the district economy by diversifying its economy through fish and mophane farming, as well as Morula processing.

"We are also in the process of profiling the district as a way of marketing it to attract potential investors, she added.

Ms Mathumo explained that like any other district, North East District was also badly affected by COVID-19, saying on December 23, the district introduced rapid tests at borders and that truck drivers were assisted as and when they arrived.

She said the district had so far registered 383 cases of which 96 were cumulative while 125 were active and the remaining 162 were stable.

Ms Mathumo said the district COVID -19 task team was doing its best to reach out various communities in all the 23 villages of the district.

However, she stated that there was still a challenge of shortage of drugs in the district, saying the district sometimes purchased drugs from private health facilities if unavailable at the Central Medical Store.

Teenage pregnancy and shortage of doctors in the district was also a challenge, she said adding that 76 cases of teenage pregnancy had so far been registered in the district since last year. The district has only four doctors, she told the meeting.

She also explained that the district was facing a serious shortage of transport with the District Health Management Team being the most affected due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Other issues discussed included compliance of institutions to COVID-19, the destitution programme, social welfare cases affecting children, backlog eradication, roads projects (central and local government), revenue collection, land allocation, citizenship and residence permits.

The main objective of the meeting was to brief the district political leadership on the challenges and achievements as well as to promote team building through dialogue.

Source: BOPA

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