Residents Plead for Programme Reinstatement

| May 11, 2015

Residents of Xakao in the Okavango Sub-district have called on government to consider reinstating the special poverty eradication programme in their area.

They pleaded with the Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Philip Makgalemele, during a kgotla meeting he addressed in their village last week.

They said their district was poverty stricken and the assistance they got from the programme was a relief to many.

Government came up with four interventions in Okavango last year in a bid to address food security, unemployment rate, provision of houses for households without durable shelter and upscale poverty eradication.

The interventions followed the poverty assessment made in the area by a team of experts from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural development, other ministries and the district staff.

The four interventions included provision of emergency food package to 3 000 households comprising of 15 300 people for 14 months, construction of two-roomed houses for 150 households as well as increasing the Ipelegeng quota.

Xakao Village Development Committee chairperson, Ms Maretha Marovo said there was no ploughing this year because of low rainfall noting that some who made efforts were frustrated by elephants, which destroyed their crops.

She said the programme, which ended in March, 2015, should run until the situation in the district had improved. She also stated that implementation of the poverty eradication programme was slow and people were becoming impatient.

It was reported that only four projects under the programme were operational. Mr Makgalemele informed the residents that government was committed to ensuring that Batswana led dignified lives hence the introduction of poverty eradication programme.

He said the aim was to uproot abject poverty amongst Batswana by the year 2017, adding that to achieve that, the communities had to join hands with the government and drive the programme to ensure it produced positive results.

He admitted that there was a delay to assess beneficiaries but assured residents that the situation would be improved.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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