Mmegi Online :: Mmamashia evictees need accommodation
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Friday 14 December 2018, 17:40 pm.
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Mmamashia evictees need accommodation

Sheltering the homeless Mmamashia residents whose homes were destroyed a few weeks ago, is proving to be a challenge as organisations like the Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) are unable to give them tented accommodation due to the legal situation in the case.
By Staff Writer Mon 17 Dec 2018, 08:20 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Mmamashia evictees need accommodation








The six families - with 37 children - were left homeless last month, after the Kgatleng Landboard demolished their homes because they were residing on the land illegally. Speaking in an interview with Mmegi on Tuesday, the organisation's deputy secretary general Titus Makosha said they complement government efforts in dealing with disaster situations.

He said that they cannot give tents to the six homeless families to go and stay on the same piece of land that they were evicted from, as that would be tantamount to going against the law on illegal land occupation.He, however, said they are still making an assessment and have sent officers to meet those affected with intent to find out what they need to do to

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assist them.

Commenting on the matter, BRCS Public Relations and Communications and Marketing Manager Kefilwe Batsalelwang said they will offer blankets, clothes and other amenities to help the homeless, especially the children to ward off the blistering cold. "We plan to go there next week and we will take you along to go and see for yourself," she said.

Meanwhile Bokaa councillor Gerald Bodika said that he met some Red Cross officers a few days after the demolition and they promised to send tents to the homeless people of Mmamashia. "They told me that they are assessing the situation and once they are done, they will bring tents from Francistown. I am still waiting to hear from them," he said.

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