Botswana: Gumare/Mohembo Road Rehabilitation On Cards

Etsha — Government has availed funds for rehabilitation of the Gumare/Mohembo road.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Etsha 13 recently, Ngami MP, Mr Caterpillar Hikuama said the project, which was initially not part of National Development Plan 11 (NDP 11), was included in the mid-term review.

He said a tender for the project would soon be awarded.

On a different matter, the MP told Etsha 13 people, who originally are from Angola, that the issue of issuance of omang cards and passports which had always been a problem to many, especially children born in Botswana from 1982, had been addressed.

He said a savingram was this year issued by the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs addressing such issues.

As for COVID-19, Mr Hikuama urged residents to always adhere to health protocols, adding that Ngamiland was a tourism area and the tourism sector was one of the most affected.

He said COVID-19 could only be defeated through adherence to protocols, and with no COVID-19, it would mean resuscitation of the tourism industry, hence employment opportunities for Ngamiland people.

For his part, Kgosi John Sivako of Etsha 13 noted that his people had embraced the COVID-19 vaccination, adding that so far there had been no deaths recorded as a result of the vaccine.

He also decried mushrooming of squatters in the village, something that he attributed to the delay in land allocation for residential plots.

Kgosi Sivako said Etsha 13 had unoccupied land in abundance, therefore landboard should up its game and efficiently service people of Etsha 13.

Various speakers also complained about shortage of water in the village and also the delay to connect standpipes at homesteads, with some applications dating back to 2019.

Responding to the water issue, Mr Olebogeng Motseolapile of Gumare Water Utilities Corporation said a new treatment plant situated in Gumare was almost complete, adding that upon commissioning, the plant would supply nearby villages, including Etsha 13.

Mr Motseolapile said currently they were pushing the water connection in homes or standpipes' backlog. He promised that the exercise would be complete by end of July.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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