GCC To Crackdown On Illicit Drug Vending

Gaborone City Council (GCC) is tightening its by-laws after some vendors are alleged to be selling drugs believed to be used by youth to terminate pregnancy.

Last Wednesday, different councillors, in response to mayor Kagiso Thutlwe’s speech, said it was time council toughened up on hawkers who sell illicit drugs at the rank.

Thutlwe confirmed that investigations were ongoing in order to apprehend culprits who sell pregnancy drugs without any medical knowledge.

“Investigations in the alleged matter are still ongoing and relevant departments will inform the council about the actions they have taken. We are also involving the police to help us,” Thutlwe said. Councillors also expressed unsettling sentiment over the implementation and operations of the council.

Councillor Theo Mongwaketse requested that council should have a proper report on what they have and have not achieved.

“This issue is very serious. There should be feedback on it. The city council has P160 million, but failed to implement its projects in Bophirima,” Mongwaketse said.

Another councillor, Sergeant Kgosietsile of Marulamantsi ward bemoaned the leadership not showing interest in project progression while they are on the payroll. He said that by the leadership doing nothing, the lack of action is just as good as corruption.

Kgosietsile said maintenance on the streetlights and works on the potholes on his roads are overdue.Councillor for Marapoathutlwa, Nkadimang Bob Moses pointed out that P10,000 is given to Primary Schools without a proper record on how the money would be accounted for, but the funds are supposed to maintain schools infrastructure

 “There are queues of patients in Block 8, who want medical aid and this shows inefficiency in service provision by medical practitioners,” Nkadimang said.

Specially elected councillor Kagiso Ntime said innovation and creativity could turn the city into an arts and youth-driven community. “Indigenous based knowledge could produce income if it is well taken care of and is properly advertised in foreign states,” Ntime said.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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