President Khama Advises Civil Servants to Engage Community

| February 25, 2014

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has advised public officers to address kgotla meetings in villages they serve. Speaking during a kgotla meeting in Dutlwe last Thursday, February 20, President Khama said this would give the community a chance to air their concerns as well as to give public officers an idea of the needs of the people. President Khama said this after residents complained that civil servants hardly visit their village. At the same meeting, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Peter Siele said it was a shame that there were still adults who exploit underage children sexually as well as imbeciles.

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has advised public officers to address kgotla meetings in villages they serve. Speaking during a kgotla meeting in Dutlwe last Thursday, February 20, President Khama said this would give the community a chance to air their concerns as well as to give public officers an idea of the needs of the people.

President Khama said this after residents complained that civil servants hardly visit their village. At the same meeting, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Peter Siele said it was a shame that there were still adults who exploit underage children sexually as well as imbeciles.

He said it was the responsibility of every parent to ensure that children were raised in an environment conducive for a better future. He said that if there was evidence that parents abuse their children, social workers were empowered to approach the courts to remove the children from the custody of such parents.

He, however, said the most worrying issue was that parents conceal such cases of child abuse, especially sexual abuse while others withdraw cases after reporting them. He said withdrawing cases defeats all efforts of addressing the issue. “Parents withdraw such cases after they strike deals with perpetrators, probably after being promised something in return. I would like to caution that such cases of child abuse should be taken seriously, otherwise they would ruin the future of our kids,” he said.

A resident of Dutlwe, Ms Itshenkeng Tsheboagae had complained about disturbing incidents of children who had been sexually abused in their village. She said she was aware of three children who had been abused sexually by a man in the village. She said two of them, who are currently doing Standard Three, informed her that they have been sexually abused since they were in Standard One.

Ms Tsheboagae also said there was a 12-year-old girl, who was pregnant. She said an imbecile woman in the village has also been sexually abused. Assistant Commissioner Oreeditse Mautle said underage children were protected by the law against sexual activities as they were considered not mature enough, a consideration that was also extended to imbeciles.

Meanwhile, residents of Dutlwe appreciated government programmes such as the constituency tournaments, arts and music competitions, community cluster policing as well as Ipelegeng. They said the programmes have played a vital role in improving their lives. ENDS

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