Majaga accuses Govt of ignoring Gweta floods victims

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 02 May 2017   |   By Solomon Tjinyeka
Majaga accuses Govt of ignoring Gweta floods victims

The MP for Nata/Gweta Paulson Majaga has accused Government of turning a deaf ear to Gweta residents who have been affected by the recent floods with hundreds of families having been displayed. The MP decried the slow government response. “The government is not doing as we expect and since we have been affected by the floods only one assistant Minister Thato Kwerepe has come here to visit the area and meet the affected,” he said. The outspoken MP said government was quick to respond at Moshupa when the floods destroyed the bridge that blocked all the road networks.  He said the damage in Gweta has affected many people but the attention they receive is very worrisome. He also revealed that residents of Xhoroga have no option but to construct a temporary bridge on their own so that their medium cars can pass. “They have constructed a bridge because they have been paying a lot of money to pay car transporter to cross the river. The residents were paying P250 for their cars to cross to the other side,” he said.  He said the floods have worsened the bad state of the road, with people now forced to use the alternative route for Maun/Francistown, going via Letlhakane to Francistown which is costly. He warned that drought was looming for Gweta residents because all the crops that were ploughed on farms have been destroyed by heavy floods. Majaga, however, implored the government to respond to Gweta residents and assist them where possible. He urged the government to consult the Southern African Development Committee (SADC) to assist if they don’t have the resources. “We always assist other countries when they have natural disasters and this must apply to us if we have the same problem,” he said.



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