Residents Appreciate Government Programmes

| January 30, 2015

Government has been commended for introducing Ipelegeng and the Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD).

Residents of Kanngwe and Tsoaneng farms in MmathetheMolapowabojang constituency said the programmes had reduced poverty and unemployment in their areas.

They thanked government in kgotla meetings their MP, Dr Alfred Madigele, addressed recently. Dr Madigele was addressing kgotla meetings in the constituency to thank residents for voting for him in the recent elections and also to solicit ideas to present in the next parliamentary session.

Most residents who were farmers indicated that government programmes had assisted them to produce more food for consumption and businesses. They said Ipelegeng managed to employ people who had been idling. They appealed to other farmers to take aantage of government programmes to uplift their lives.

However, residents decried water shortage in their areas, which they said had disrupted some Ipelegeng projects.

Concerning the proposal to increase the number of members from 10 to 250 for one to register a church, residents said they were happy with the decision, arguing that for the past years they had seen mushrooming of churches in a manner that was worrisome.

Residents said a lot of people were able to establish churches because the membership number required was easy to get. Earlier on, Dr Madigele, who is also Assistant Minister of Health, said there were more than 1 500 registered churches in the country while more were still seeking registration.

Residents also welcomed government decision to remove VAT from some food commodities. They said it would lower costs. Kanngwe residents requested their health post to be upgraded, in addition to expanding teachers’ quarters as well as tarring of MmathetheTsoaneng Road.

At Tsoaneng they requested electrification of the village, construction of a post office, health post, kgotla office and additional teachers’ houses and school administration block.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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