MMEWR Tackles Water, Power Challenges

| June 16, 2015

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) has been commended for its efforts to find solution to the power and water crisis gripping the nation.

Member of Parliament for Thamaga-Kumakwane, Mr Tshenolo Mabeo, said this when addressing a kgotla meeting in Kotolaname recently. Mr Mabeo reiterated government’s commitment in bringing stability on water and electricity issues.

He concurred with residents that an employee manning the village water reservoir should be based in Kotolaname rather than Molepolole if the water situation was to improve. The minister raised a concern about water leakages at the reservoir.

Mr Mabeo, who is also the Minister of Transport and Communications, implored residents and the village leadership to stay united and use Ipelegeng programme to develop their village.

The Thamaga-Kumakwane legislator also stated that government was aware of the need to increase Ipelegeng programme workers and through relevant ministry, something was being done, but cautioned residents against relying on government programmes.

He said government programmes were temporary relief measures, and the beneficiaries must graduate and fend for themselves. The youth, he said, should abandon Ipelegeng and utilise empowerment schemes earmarked for them.

Government, he said, was committed to assisting in development of the agriculture sector as it had the potential to ensure economic growth, food security and reduce imports.

For her part, Village Development Committee chairperson, Ms Keneetswe Shimanyana said power connection to some government institution was ongoing and that parents were developing interest in the education of their children because they have started attending PTA meetings.

She, however, complained about the bad state of roads especially during rainy season and water shortage challenge. She noted that the Water Utilities Corporation worn out water pipes and leakages at the village reservoir contribute to the problem.

For their part, residents called for introduction of cluster policing at Mohage cattle posts to nip in the bud the emerging criminal activities. Residents also complained about the high consumption of alcohol in the village by young people.

They said the situation was exacerbated by some parents who refuse cluster policing, saying it would disrupt the social and entertainment life in the village and result in some businesses disregarding hours of operation for liquor outlets and unruly attitudes of youth.

They said some parents had on a number of occasions taken to court cluster volunteers accusing them of harassing and disturbing residents, forgetting that the volunteers’ were helping them to bring peace and stability to the village.

In response, MP Mabeo said alcohol and substance abuse by the youth, was a clear sign that the country was regressing on gains and prospects achieved in the past

He urged parents to take charge of children’s change of behaviour and attitude as it has the potential to affect their studies.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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