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Challenges for P900m Masama Water Project

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The P900 million Mmamashia-Masama water projects- which is ahead of schedule- has begun to face trials and tribulations which might frustrates its completion dates, WeekendPost has established.

At the core of these trials and tests is a snail pace government, through Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) who delay compensations to field owners who are along the site where the pipeline is expected to be trenched.

The slow pace, according to Water Corporation insiders, is due to landowners who continue to make developments on their lands to get better compensations.

This publication has learnt that former Assistant Minister, Philip Makgalemela, who happens to be among the inhabitants of the area has managed to get his compensation. “Water Utilities have already got part of the land they wanted,” he told this publication this week.

A site visit by WeekendPost this week showed that most of the developments obstructing the project are mainly agriculturally motivated.

Khato Civils Chairman, Simbi Phiri confirmed to this publication that there are challenges of obstruction which are currently handled by the relevant authorities being; the Land Board, Council and WUC. The bureaucracy by the players is another factor that frustrates the project

“Of course I cannot deny the fact that if not well handled it may affect the project completion period. So we really hope the negotiations are expedited. What I can promise is that the country will not fall behind the curve of the evolving national water crisis,” Phiri said.

He further reiterated that he will not want to disappoint the people of Botswana on such a very important project which is central to the people.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has also spoken positively about the Masama-Mmamashia 100km water pipeline which has been described as a panacea to water flow shortages not only to greater Gaborone but to villages and towns in five constituencies of Lobatse, Moshupa-Manyana, Goodhope-Mabule, Ramotswa and Mmathethe- Molapowabojang.

WUC CEO Gaselemogwe Senai is on record saying that they gave Khato Civils a go ahead, “to commence the project on expedited basis,” to keep the country afloat in the ever changing water demands. The water supply deficit in the greater Gaborone area he said exceeds 30%.

The project’s actual construction commenced in June this year, and it is expected to be completed after 10-12 months. Khato Civils is known across the continent for its renowned service of engineering knowledge and state of the art modern equipment.

For this project the company has employed over 600 with some of the workers who spoke to this publication expressing satisfaction with the project and conditions of service. The company has employed people from the nearby villages and settlements across all genders.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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