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Mzwinila continues to quench Batswana thirst

In an effort to curb water shortages across the country, Minister of Land Management and Water Affairs Kefentse Mzwinila this week commissioned yet another pipeline, Lobatse Mogojogojo pipeline and associated works commissioning. The project would quench the area thirst after 10 years of struggle.

Mzwinila said they have three projects to help eliminate water shortage in the Southern part of Botswana. These projects include, the Lobatse water supply master plan; from Gaborone which is expected to finish June 2022, Lobatse Mogojogojo pipeline; from Lobatse Hillside tank which is finished, Goodhope Sub-district water supply; which will supply 49 villages Mogojogojo included.

The water development in Mogojogojo village has caused high water supply from Lobatse because Lobatse pipelines are supplied by Gaborone pipelines and their main supplier is Masama boreholes and the water is purified at Mmamashia. The Mogojogojo water development also increased the supply of water from Lobatse to Mogojogojo village as most of the water pipelines are connected all the way from the North of this country, but there is still water shortage in Botswana. The North carrier pipeline from Mmamashia still fails to supply enough water to different parts of South of Botswana. With the development of Mmamashia pipeline water supply to Gaborone has increased to 64 milliliters per day.

Mzwinila said they are going to construct the third pipeline and call it South carrier 2, as there is already two pipelines that connects through Gaborone, which are South carrier 1 and Masama. The third pipeline is expected to begin construction by June 2022 and this means the supply of water will increase. He also said they are hoping to construct the forth pipeline through the South carrier 2 which will connect water from Zambezi Kazungula, Kasane and the water will be purified at Mmamashia which will be distributed to different parts of the country.

This pipelines will help eradicate water shortage in Botswana from 5.2 milliliters per day to 4.2 milliliters per day, through Masama- Gaborone pipeline. The minister assured the villagers that when the Gaborone Lobatse pipeline construction ends, water shortage will ease. Ending his speech the minister thanked Mogojogojo villagers for their patience and support amid the water shortage situation, he also encouraged the villagers to use water mainly for domestic use not for livestock.

Mzwinila said they are going to construct the third pipeline and call it South carrier 2, as there is already two pipelines that connects through Gaborone, which are South carrier 1 and Masama. The third pipeline is expected to begin construction by June 2022 and this means the supply of water will increase. He also said they are hoping to construct the forth pipeline through the South carrier 2 which will connect water from Zambezi Kazungula, Kasane and the water will be purified at Mmamashia which will be distributed to different parts of the country.

These pipelines will help eradicate water shortage in Botswana from 5.2 milliliters per day to 4.2 milliliters per day, through Masama- Gaborone pipeline. The minister assured the villagers that when the Gaborone Lobatse pipeline construction ends, water shortage will ease. Ending his speech the minister thanked Mogojogojo villagers for their patience and support amid the water shortage situation, he also encouraged the villagers to use water mainly for domestic use not for livestock.

In conclusion Member of Parliament for Mmathethe- Molapowabojang, Dr. Edwin Dikoloti thanked Mzwinila and the government of President Masisi for the water tank, after 10 years of water shortage Mogojogojo village is finally celebrating more 10 years to come of water flow. Dikoloti encouraged the villagers to use water safely and also pay the water utilities bills.

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People with Disabilities Face Barriers to Political Participation in Botswana

23rd February 2024

Individuals challenged by disabilities encounter formidable obstacles when endeavoring to partake in political processes within the context of Botswana. Political involvement, a cornerstone of democratic governance, empowers citizens to shape the legislative landscape that impacts their daily existence. Despite Botswana’s reputation for upholding democratic ideals, recent insights unveil a troubling reality – those with disabilities find themselves marginalized in the realm of politics, contending with substantial barriers obstructing the exercise of their democratic liberties.

A recent inquiry in Botswana unveiled a panorama where individuals with disabilities confront hurdles in navigating the political arena, their involvement often restricted to the basic act of voting. Voices emerged from the study, underscoring the critical necessity of fostering environments that are accessible and welcoming, affording individuals with disabilities the active engagement they rightfully deserve in political processes. Noteworthy was the account of a participant grappling with physical impairments, shedding light on the glaring absence of ramps at polling stations and the urgent call for enhanced support mechanisms to ensure an equitable electoral participation.

The echoes reverberating from these narratives serve as poignant reminders of the entrenched obstacles impeding the full integration of individuals with disabilities into the democratic tapestry. The inaccessibility of polling stations and the glaring absence of provisions tailored to the needs of persons with disabilities loom large as formidable barricades to their political engagement. Particularly pronounced is the plight of those grappling with severe impairments and intellectual challenges, who face even steeper hurdles in seizing political participation opportunities, often grappling with feelings of isolation and exclusion from the political discourse.

Calls for decisive action cascade forth, urging the establishment of more inclusive and accessible political ecosystems that embrace individuals with disabilities in Botswana. Government bodies and concerned stakeholders are urged to prioritize the enactment of laws and policies designed to safeguard the political rights of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, initiatives geared towards enhancing awareness and education on political processes and rights for this segment of society must be spearheaded, alongside the adoption of inclusive measures within political institutions and party structures.

By dismantling these barriers and nurturing a political landscape that is truly inclusive, Botswana can earnestly uphold its democratic ethos and afford every citizen, including those with disabilities, a substantive opportunity to partake in the political fabric of the nation.

 

 

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Neo Kirchway- Defying the odds

23rd February 2024

In the heartwarming tale of Neo Kirchway, a beacon of inspiration emerges, shining brightly amid life’s adversities.

Defying the constraints of destiny, Neo Kirchway, a resilient Motswana soul now thriving in the United States, stands tall despite the absence of her lower limbs. With unwavering determination, she tends to her cherished family – a loving husband and four children – engaging in the daily symphony of household tasks with remarkable grace.

Neo’s indomitable spirit traces back to the fateful year of 1994, a time when medical intervention called for the amputation of her curled legs. Embracing this pivotal juncture with unwavering courage and the blessing of her mother, she ventured forth into a world adorned with prosthetic legs, eager to script a tale of triumph.

Venturing beyond borders, Neo’s journey led her to the embrace of the United States, where serendipity intertwined her fate with that of her soulmate, Garrett Kirchway. Together, this harmonious duo navigates the ebbs and flows of life, their bond fortified by unwavering love and unyielding support.

In a bid to illuminate paths and embolden hearts, Neo leverages the digital realm, crafting a sanctuary of empowerment on her YouTube channel. Brimming with authenticity and raw emotion, her videos chronicle the tapestry of her daily life, serving as a testament to resilience and the unwavering human spirit.

Amidst the digital cosmos, Neo, affectionately known as “KirchBaby,” reigns supreme, a luminary in the hearts of 658,000 enraptured subscribers. Through her captivating content, she not only navigates the mundane tasks of cooking, cleaning, and childcare but also dances with celestial grace, a testament to her boundless spirit and unyielding zest for life.

In the cathedral of Neo Kirchway’s narrative, resilience reigns supreme, echoing a universal truth – that amidst life’s gales, the human spirit, when kindled by hope and fortitude, emerges as a beacon of light, illuminating even the darkest of paths.

 

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Inequalities Faced by Individuals with Disabilities

22nd February 2024

The government’s efforts to integrate individuals with disabilities in Botswana society are being hampered by budgetary constraints. Those with disabilities face inequalities in budgetary allocations in the health and education sectors. For instance, it is reported that the government allocates higher budgetary funds to the general health sector, while marginal allocations are proposed for the development and implementation of the National Primary Health Care guidelines and Standards for those with Disabilities. This shows that in terms of budgetary solutions, the government’s proposed initiatives in improving the health and well-being of those with disabilities remain futile as there is not enough money going towards disability-specific health programs. On the other hand, limited budgetary allocations to the Special Education Unit also are a primary contributor to the inequalities faced by children with disabilities. The government only provides for the employment of 15 teachers with qualifications in special education despite the large numbers of children with intellectual disabilities that are in need of special education throughout Botswana. Such disproportional allocation of resources inhibits the capacity to provide affordable and accessible assisted technology and residential support services for those with disabilities. Given the fact that a different amount of resources have been availed to the education and health sectors, the general understanding is that the government is not doing enough to ensure that adequate resources are distributed to disability-specific programs and facilities such as barrier-free environments, residential homes, and special education schools for children with disabilities.

 

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