Mmolotsi Applauds Batswana

| January 16, 2015

The Member Parliament (MP) for Francistown South, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi has commended Batswana for ensuring peaceful general elections in October 24 last year.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Somerset Extension on January 13, Mr Mmolotsi, who also thanked the residents for voting him, encouraged Batswana to continue to exercise their right of voting for political representation.

He informed the residents that in the last session of Parliament, the President in his State-of-the -Nation Address indicated that the economy had picked up from the last recession and some of the developments that were deferred would be implemented.

Mr Mmolotsi said during the budget speech scheduled for February 2, Parliament will be informed of which projects will be carried out and he was hopeful that his constituency would get an integrated senior secondary school.

He told the residents that during his contribution to the State-of-the-Nation Address, he indicated the need to ensure the availability of drugs in government health facilities.

Mr Mmolotsi noted that he was aware that some clinics in his constituency were faced with a challenge of unavailability of drugs and patients still run around the city to get their prescribed drugs.

Furthermore, he said he proposed that government should aim for job creation especially for the youth. He said although the Ipelegeng programme should continue, it should cater for the elderly and only a few youth.

On other issues, the Francistown South legislator informed the residents of the bills, motions and statutory instruments that were discussed in parliament. Among these was that of the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs that sought to increase the number of church members required to register a church from 10 to 250.

During comments and questions, one of the residents, Reverend Phillip Butale suggested that the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs and that of lands and housing should orchestrate their policies in such a way that churches could be registered only if there was available land for them. He observed that it was not logical to continue registering churches if they have no places of worship.

Rev Butale requested that whenever there were national referendums that needed representation of churches, the government should ensure all churches were represented by including all the three associations, namely Botswana Council of Churches (BCC), Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana (EFB) and the Organisation of African Independent Churches (OAIC).

He observed that in most cases, the government only involve BCC and EFB and left out OIAC. Another resident, Ms Anastacia Mogorosi expressed disappointment about the nominations of councillors.

Earlier in his remarks, the Ward Development Committee chairperson, Mr Abednico Lameck expressed concern about the increasing cases of theft in their area especially that of batteries and tyres from parked vehicles.

He also complained about lack of communication between the council and the WDC, adding that in some cases projects such as construction of culverts were built in the ward without any communication from the council.

A member of WDC, Mr Mothusi Kenosi complained of streetlights that were not functioning in the ward while a youth, Mr Lebang Wazha suggested that the youth who were in Tirelo Setshaba programme should be allowed to apply for Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) plots. B

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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