Moswaane Roots for Umbrella Committees

| May 21, 2015

Francistown West MP, Mr Ignatius Moswaane, has implored committees in his constituency to unite and form umbrella entities.

Mr Moswaane said this during a May 19 consultation meeting with representatives of the different committees such as Parents Teachers’ Associations (PTAs), Ward Development Committees (WDCs) and Crime Prevention Committees.

He said due to the economic recession, a number of development projects lagged behind as committees depended on donations for most of their activities.

Mr Moswaane said he realised that asking for donations as individual committees led to donors giving some a little while some get more and by having one umbrella committee, it will help all the committees to benefit equally.

He further said if the committees have umbrella bodies, they will be better placed to organize fund raising activities in the constituency for their projects.

The MP said most of the WDCs have undeveloped plots due to lack of funds, noting that while he was still a councillor, it was easy for him to fund his WDC but as the MP now, he has a lot of WDCs, which makes it difficult to fund them.

He explained that by having one umbrella committee will be easy for him to donate knowing that the funds will benefit the constituents equally. On other issues, the Francistown West Legislator complained about the use of dagga in the constituency, particularly by school going children.

He implored all the committees to unite with the crime prevention committee and campaign against the use of dagga and other drugs.

Ms Rosinah Setlhabi applauded the MP for his suggestion of having umbrella committees, citing that as a result of having a lot of PTA committees, some schools were more developed that others.

She called on members of other committees to assist schools in fighting against the use of weapons at the schools. Ms Setlhabi said it is a responsibility of each parent to check what their children carry in the school bags.

Mr Kgosietsile Dube decried the rate at which people in the constituency harbor illegal immigrants. Mr Dube said the major problem emanates when such illegal immigrants die and their next of kin are unknown.

On the use of drugs, Mr Dube said the police should investigate people who accumulate expansive property yet they have no unknown source of income.

He said he suspects that people who accumulate an expansive property but have no unknown source of income sell drugs.

Mr Dube complained that police officers who befriend criminals make it impossible for the crime prevention committees to uproot crime.

Ms Gabaleboge Lebogang complained about the high service rates in Francistown saying they are even high than those paid by Gaborone residents.

Ms Naledi Phakedi suggested that the MP and health officials should address pastors of different churches because in some instances, they encourage people to stop using ARVs.

In response to the crime issues, Tatitown police station commander, Superintendent Cyprian Magalela encouraged people to report any officer who fails to act on a report or whom they suspect is conniving with criminals to him or the relevant station commander.

Earlier Tati Town Court President, Mr Edward Showa said crime should not be the responsibility of the police alone but that of everybody.

He encouraged the residents not to always point accusing fingers at the police as by doing so, they demoralize them, noting that they should be also commended when they are doing good.

Councillor Zibanani Benifield of Botsalano Ward encouraged the community to know their neighbours, adding that recent cases of people found dead is of concern, especially that their next of kin were unknown.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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