FRANCISTOWN: Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) council candidate, Victor Ramosesane has said that Mabesekwa is one of the poorest villages due to underdevelopment and negligence by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) government.
He said this during a UDC star rally for Tonota-Mabesekwa, which was graced by UDC president Duma Boko and other party leaders recently. The rally, which was attended by scores of people, culminated with 58 new members welcomed into the party ranks. Addressing the villagers, Ramosesane said Mabesekwa remained a poor village with no electricity or tarred roads and insufficient water supply. He said that for starters, a trip to Mabesekwa using both private and public transport was not easy because one had to travel on a gravel road for over 70 kilometres from Tonota to Mabesekwa.
He said that some people living in the village were impoverished and could not afford potable water to their homes because of the hefty amount required to connect.
Ramosesane said that people in Mabesekwa do not have enough nurses or teachers in the area because these professionals refuse to work in an under developed area.
“There is a shortage of drugs at the clinic, which is giving residents a tough time.
“The situation is getting worse on a daily basis because most patients here fail to secure the drugs prescribed by doctors. “In addition, 50% of teachers at Mabesekwa Primary School are temporary teachers.
“The majority of them
“The living conditions are unbearable and include the use of dilapidated hostel facilities, poor ablutions and inadequate feeding. “The academic performance, social and psychological well-being is negatively affected by the fact that as boarding students, they stay away from their parents for a long time. “The Botswana education system discriminates students based on social class and as a result, children graduating from public schools are more likely to find themselves engaged in Ipelegeng.”Another UDC activist Vain Mamela echoed Ramosesane’s sentiments.
“Batswana remain poor under the leadership of BDP.
“The BDP claims that the country does not have money whereas billions of pula have gone missing and are still unaccounted for.
“The missing money could have been used for improving the standard of living and development of the country. It could have increased the old age pension,” he said. Mamela said that if the UDC was given a chance to lead it would increase the old age pension to P1,500 and set the minimum wage stand at P3,000.