Botswana: Embrace New Developments-Mmolotsi

| June 3, 2016

Member of Parliament (MP) for Francistown South, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi, has encouraged residents of Itekeng Ward in his constituency to embrace the new developments soon to take place in their area.

Speaking at a Kgotla meeting at Block 8 on May 30, Mr Mmolotsi said the national budget was recently distributed to different ministries for various developments to continue or take off.

He said the initiatives coming their way included the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), which is the global polio eradication initiative aimed at zero cases of polio in countries.

There is also the vaccine for prevention of the Human papillomavirus (HPV), which in most cases is the cause of cervical cancer amongst women.

He added that young girls of ages nine years to 13 years would be given the vaccine.

The legislator advised parents to cooperate with health professionals so their children got the privilege of getting prevention measures provided by the government.

Mr Mmolotsi also said there was the new initiative to test the Human Immune Virus (HIV), whereby once one tested positive, treatment is done immediately.

He said there were also mobile courts specifically for traffic offenders, and that the initiative was to reduce the number of cases at magistrates courts.

Furthermore, he briefed the residents on the newly introduced Installment Purchasing Scheme (IPS) spearheaded by the Ministry of Lands and Housing (MLH).

IPS targets newly employed youth who earn between P3000 and P7000 monthly, said the MP.

He said the pilot project would start in the capital city and later spread to other big cities; its main objective is to give young people an opportunity to buy and own houses.

A community elder, Mr Vincent Mabatini said although he appreciated the government's initiatives, he wished government could do more to create jobs for youth.

He said unemployed youth ended up indulging in criminal activities because they had too much free time on their hands.

Mr Mabatini added that youth ended up fighting for space with elders in initiatives like Ipelegeng, which was not meant for them in the first place.

He said programmes such as Youth Development Fund were hard for the youth to access because they have no land and it takes long to allocate plots.

He further expressed his concern over the shortage of medicine and doctors in clinics, saying patients often travel from one clinic to the other to get help.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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