Fire scare alarms GCC

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The business of Gaborone City Council (GCC) yesterday came to a stand still for two and half hours after a fire scare forced council employees and some councillors to leave their offices.

Fire alarm rang at 8:00am immediately after the employees concluded their morning prayers.  The deputy mayor Kagiso Tshikega said Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) officers had managed to an identify electrical fault.  “They have identified an electrical fault at the mayor’s office and the council chambers.  The BPC officers have told us that lights at the mayor’s office and council chambers should not be switched on until the electrical people have rectified the problem,” Tshikega said.

The concerned deputy mayor said the GCC buildings need a total overhaul. He said the offices are very old.  However the council meeting started around 9:30am after electrical officers told the mayor that the full council could go on but they should not use any electrical appliances.

Responding to mayor Kagiso Thutlwe’s speech, special elected councillor Kagiso Ntime said Botswana Police Services should give GCC a small percentage of money from their collection from people who destroy traffic lights. “Council is spending lot of money on electrical lights and robots. The culprits who destroy them pay the police only. Council should negotiate with the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security for council to be given a certain percentage of the money,” said Ntime.  He also called on the council to give updates on the petition that was handed by residents of Block 7 and Block 8 residents. “We know that residents of Block 7 and 8 have petitioned the council regarding names that were given to their locations. Those are weird names and council should listen to those people. Some of these issues affect councillors and not employees. I want the town clerk to respond to some of the issues,” he said. Ntime said he wanted to know why Block 7 and Block 8 were named Ditimamodimo and Marapoathutlwa respectively.

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