Residents of Zoroga village in the Nata-Gweta areas’ water woes are a thing of the past following the installation of a Double Stage Water Treatment system that seeks to make saline water drinkable by Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) and Water Utilities Corporation (WUC).
The treatment system integrates elements of coagulation, cyclonic separation, double stage filtration and disinfection; as well as a Reverse Osmosis System for removal of salts in the water. The dual water system is one of the innovations that have a potential of positive national impact given that the country experiences high water stress and incidents of salinity of underground water reserves.
Saline water, more commonly called salt water is water that has a significant concentration of salt, and Zoroga residents had been drinking the water, which was not of drinkable quality for decades now. When addressing a kgotla meeting during the handover last Friday, Modiro Thomas, The Chief for Zoroga, highlighted that the development was a welcome one since it was a solution to the water quality in his village.
The system has been operational since January 2017 and is currently providing water to the village. The CEO of Botswana Innovation Hub, Allen Boswaen said that they are more than pleased to have met the need of Zoroga by changing the state of their water. He further said that they are looking for people that can bring an improvement to the machine so that it can continue being in a good condition. Moreover he further said the plant will assist in farming.
The Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science Technology, Alfred Madigele commended Botswana Innovation Hub for their notable gesture. “BIH has been working closely with the Water Utilities Corporation team based in Gaborone and as well as in Masunga to install and commission the Water Treatment that we are going to see today. The system was developed through a partnership between BIH and its partners will find an amicable way to ensure that this technology is diffused further across the country,” Madigele said.
He highlighted that the system will not only be beneficial for people to drink but shall also assist farmers and that it will assist in addressing water challenges in Zoroga. “I understand the system can treat up to 5000 litres of water per hour. Therefore, farmers as well as private individual who have problems of saline water can look at this as a solution. Depending on the needs, I am told the water treatment system can be scaled up or down. Thus, the system can address some of the water quality challenges we are experiencing in this part of the country,’’ Madigele explained.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.