Water connection delays police station occupation

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SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Palapye Police Station located on the outskirts of the village remains unoccupied despite having been completed in September 2012.

Responding to a Mmegi questionnaire, The Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology principal public relations officer, Malepa Dibonwa said the contractor for the project completed and handed it over to the government in September 2012. Dibonwa explained that it was found that the water connection point provided was too small for bulk water reticulation thus the delay in occupancy. He also said the project cost the government P146 million.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Palapye, Moiseraela Goya lashed out when contacted by phone, saying it is a shame that the offices are lying idle because water pipes do not match. He revealed that Palapye police officers are demoralised because they had expected to have long moved to the new offices. He stated that the police do a sensitive job and they need a good working environment."I am disappointed by the turn of events. The facility could have been occupied last year but that did not happen. I have even posed a question to the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse in parliament on the state of the police station and I did not get a convincing response," said Goya.

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