UNDP helps residents

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a four months mobile legal aid project in the Okavango Sub-district to help bring legal representation to the people of the region.

Speaking during a kgotla meeting in Shakawe recently, the legal consultant, Mr Mpapi Kgosietsile said due to the distance of Okavango from Gaborone and Francistown, where the legal aid offices were located, the government has found it vital to bring such services so rural area dwellers to have access to justice.

Mr Kgosietsile said people were losing cases because they could not afford legal representation, adding that innocent people were jailed. He added that the government introduced legal aid to assist those who could not afford lawyers.

Mr Kgosietsile said they would be opening cases, providing legal advice, legal consultations, case registrations, mediation meeting and legal representation.

Furthermore, he pointed out that they were not involved in criminal cases, but rather issues of labour law, family law, divorce, insurance issues, administrative law and others.

However, he urged residents to make use of the opportunity since the service has been brought nearer them.

A UNDP official, Ms Margaret Morris said an assessment was done to see if the village needed such services, and that it was compared with other villages before they brought the service to people.

Residents applauded the government for its efforts, noting that it shows it cares about people.