Francistown hopes for good tidings from budget

Muzila. PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG
Muzila. PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG

FRANCISTOWN: As Minister of Finance, Kenneth Mathambo, prepares to deliver his much-awaited 2015-2016 Budget speech on Monday, many Francistown people will be eager to hear what he has for them.

In recent years the budget has not given Francistown much joy in terms of infrastructure development and provision of critical services such as health, a trend attributed to the 2008 economic meltdown which exposed the fragility of Botswana’s economy.

Only a few projects such as the upgrading of low-income locations of infrastructure at Monarch, the construction of the Ramokgwebana road that has since been completed, as well as the Francistown Tonota road currently under construction have been funded. However, the economy has picked up sufficiently in recent years with good sales in the pivotal diamond sector. The improving economic fortunes of the country has raised expectations that this year’s budget will bring good tidings to Francistown. This week, Francistown South legislator, Wynter Mmolotsi told Mmegi Business that he hopes the government will fund more projects in the city in a bid to improve infrastructure.

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