Khama Appreciates Officers, Private Sector Compassion

| June 5, 2015

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has applauded public officers and the private sector for a job well done in showing compassion to their fellow countrymen.

Speaking at the handing over of a Village Development Committee project in Mokgenene on Thursday (June 4), President Khama said it was commendable to see Batswana showing sympathy to others. The project comprised housing units refurbished through a partnership between the public and private sectors.

He said the public service had set aside one Friday each month to help those in need, adding that this was a way to build a nation of people that cared for each other.

President Khama said involvement of the employees of Office of the President was admirable, as it was good to always care for those who were in need of help and those who were disaantaged in life.

He noted that the involvement of private companies was also appreciated as government could not eradicate poverty on its own. He said when he came up with this concept, he wanted all to come on board with whatever they had so that they could help others.

President Khama said the involvement of government departments, ministries, parastatals and the private sector showed that every member of the community was heeding the call for compassion.

He said he was proud of them that they found it fit to help others as they contributed towards building a self-reliant nation. He pleaded with them to continue with the good work.

The Office of the President in partnership with Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited refurbished eight Mokgenene VDC houses and three toilets, which were damaged by winds.

When giving overview of the project, Senior Private Secretary to the President, Brigadier George Tlhalerwa, said it was only last year when they visited the settlement on a fact finding mission that they appreciated the need.

Brig. Tlhalerwa said the intension was to assess the extent of the damage and find a potential sponsor to repair the damaged houses. He said it was through the Public Private Partnership that BTCL came to their rescue and generously agreed to contribute P200 000 for the refurbishment of the houses.

He noted that other ministries, government departments, parastatals and private companies heard their plea and came to their rescue to help the people of Mokgenene. He said this showed the nation was now heeding the President’s plea to help others, adding that this showed a compassionate and caring nation.

Brig. Tlhalerwa said the project’s implementation commenced in November 2014 and was due to be completed within two months but due to the severity of the damage the project extended to four months.

He said the completed project would become a source of revenue for Mokgenene VDC as tenants would pay rent.


Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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