Prepare to Celebrate Vision 2016 Achievements – MP

| January 21, 2015

The Francistown South MP, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi has implored residents of Ikageleng in Block 1 to start preparations towards celebrating the achievements of some of the Vision 2016 pillars.

Addressing a kgotla meeting at Block 1 on January 19, Mr Mmolotsi said as the country will be celebrating some of the achievements made towards the Vision 2016, it would be in order for the Francistown South residents to also celebrate at constituency level.

He urged the residents to form committees that could start assessing the achievements made in the constituency towards the realisation of the Vision pillars. Mr Mmolotsi noted that although not every pillar had been achieved, he was however confident that a lot had been achieved not only at country level, but also at constituency level.

On other issues, the Francistown South legislator informed the residents that Parliament had resolved to extend the National Development Plan (NDP) 10 by one year. He explained that the extension was done to give the committee that is currently working on the next vision following the lapse of Vision 2016 time to complete its task.

Mr Mmolotsi also informed the residents on the deliberations of the previous session of Parliament.

He said that one of the statutory instruments brought before parliament was that of the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development that sought to increase the number of nominated councillors from 113 to 119.

Mr Mmolotsi noted that he was the first to oppose the move although the majority of MPs supported which resulted in Parliament agreeing with the proposal that the number of nominated councillors should be increased by six.

He explained to the constituents that he opposed the increase because he felt that unlike in the olden days, nowadays councillors who are elected have skills and expertise in different fields and it was unnecessary to have nominated councillors.

Mr Mmolotsi said back in the days, nomination of councillors was necessary because in most cases, only a few elected councillors were skilled and learned.

One of the residents, Mr Thapelo Mosenya concurred with the MP that nomination of councillors was a waste of funds.

Mr Nchi Tshosane complained about street lights that are off in their ward while Ms Gape Tanjo called for the local clinic to be upgraded to a 24-hour service.

Ms Tanjo also complained about noise coming from churches that operate in residential areas, especially at night.

In response, the MP said the Minister of Health had explained to Parliament that the policy provides that where there is a 24-hour service in a perimeter of seven kilometres, another clinic cannot be upgraded to offer the same.

Mr Mmolotsi explained that in the instance of Ikageleng Block 1, the clinic cannot be upgraded to offer a 24-hour service because Area W is less than seven kilometres away.

The area councillor, Ms Sennye Matsoo told the residents that she reported the street lights to the relevant council office and some have since been repaired and she is hopeful that all street lights will be attended to.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Kgosi Masego Masonya raised a concern about the declining numbers of people who attend kgotla meetings.

Kgosi Masonya pleaded with the residents to encourage each other to attend kgotla meetings.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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