President Ian Khama this week presented to Mokganene residents five new toilets, in addition to three renovated ones and five renovated VDC houses.
The residents had in 2014 made a plea to the office of the president through the senior private secretary to the president George Tlhalerwa to have 8 of their VDC houses and three toilets renovated after they were damaged by winds during a storm.
“I had a call from the village Chief, Motlhagodi, saying that they needed help from the President, so I asked him to get his wishes through the office of the member of parliament,” said Brigadier George Tlhalerwa who is the private secretary to the president.
Tlhalerwa said that the houses were mostly used by government employees, as well as those who sought accommodation in the village. He continued to say that since the damage, the village has not been able to attract prospective employees due to lack of accommodation.
“In November 2014, I and my team visited the settlement on a fact finding mission. The intension was to assess the extent of the damage and find a latent sponsor to repair the damaged houses,” Tlhalerwa said. Answering the President’s plea, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) generously agreed to contribute P200, 000.00 for the refurbishment of the houses. H.E’s Private Office identified a builder, subsequent to assessment of quotes for building materials.
The project was then completed in four months. The refurbishment included, demolishing, crack filling, beam filling, plastering, roofing, painting, glazing and floor screeding. Speaking on behalf of BTCL, Michael Mothobi Letsogile Mothobi said, “We hope that these houses become a font of revenue for Mokganene Village Development Committee (VDC) as tenants will pay rent. We also hope that it will further provide suitable accommodation to public officers who are presently facing severe shortage of accommodation and even those who will be posted to the area in the future, thus improving public service in the locale.”
When accepting the houses and other hand-outs from special donors who included Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture among others, President Khama said that he was happy with the compassion that Batswana continued to show towards other Batswana.
“I’m thankful that BTCL and other sponsors heard our cry and answered. I would also want to appreciate each public servant for digging down their pocket every month in ensuring that all Batswana have somewhere to call home,’’ President Khama said.
For his part Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo thanked the builder of all the 8 houses for the job well done. “This man did extra work at no extra cost, he built us 5 more toilets in addition of the 3 we had, we need such people,” Mabeo concluded.
Mokganene is a small village sited in the Central District approximately 54 kilometers west of Dibete village and about 160 kilometers from Gaborone.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.