Mr Kenneth Matambo, has proposed P14.82 billion as development budget for the 2016/17 financial year

| February 2, 2016

The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo, has proposed P14.82 billion as development budget for the 2016/17 financial year.

When presenting the national budget proposals in Parliament yesterday, the minister proposed a total expenditure and net lending of P54.44 billion with P36.99 billion allocated to the recurrent budget.

Of the total development budget, the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security has been allocated P3.59 billion to cater for the defence equipment, communication equipment and infrastructure in order to improve the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) defence capabilities. Minister Matambo said the allocation also catered for construction of police stations at Mmathubudukwane, Maitengwe and Semolale as well as staff houses in different locations in order to improve safety and security.

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources has been allocated P3.43 billion for energy and water infrastructure developments in order to address the current supply shortages which have affected the welfare of Batswana. Minister Matambo said the major energy infrastructure projects include Morupule A Power Station rehabilitation at P135 million, North-West Electricity Transmission Grid at P225 million and Rakola sub-station at P157 million.

The minister said Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) required cash injection of P1.35 billion to cater for emergency power supply and P257 million under Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) for rural electrification.

Water infrastructure projects would include the North South Carrier (NSC) II from Palapye to Mmamashia, Mahalapye and Palapye network extensions, connection of Kanye and Molepolole to the NSC, Maun Water supply and sanitation and Kanye sanitation.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications would receive P1.41 billion to cater for the construction of secondary roads, bridges, bitumen and trunk roads. Major projects under this ministry include Kazungula and Mohembo bridges, Output Performance Road Contract for Mankgodi-Jwaneng and Rakhuna-Mabule roads as well as the traffic signals improvements and centralised traffic control in Gaborone.

The proposed budget includes an estimated amount of P250 million for road projects under Economic Stimuls Programme (ESP).

A proposal of P1.22 billion is to be allocated to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to cater mainly for Ipelegeng and Destitute Housing Programmes. Part of the ministry's budget is for ESP projects at P315.04 million for backlog eradication for primary school facilities, village infrastructure and construction of customary courts.

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development receives a proposed budget of P1.09 billion of which P440.35 million is for the construction of teachers' houses, classrooms and laboratories under ESP.

Other ministries and departments share the remaining balance of P4.17 billion.

The Ministry of Lands and Housing is to be allocated P910.37 million, out of which P338.38 million would be spent on land servicing. Land Administration and Processes, Capacity and System (LAPCAS) has been allocated P354 million.

The proposed budget also includes an amount of P272.9 million under ESP aimed at accelerating ongoing programmes.

Ministry of Agriculture also has been allocated P813.04 million of which P35 million would be spent on ESP projects these being grey water re-use, Lotsane irrigation project, Glenn Valley infrastructure rehabilitation, grading of roads and Agriculture Service Centres.

The Ministry of Health has been allocated P741.81 million mainly to cater for upgrading of health facilities and construction of staff houses throughout the country. It has also been proposed that an amount of P600.08 inclusive of ESP amounting to P50 million be allocated to the Ministry of State President to cater for additional poverty eradication packages. (BOPA)

Source: Republic of Botswana

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