Arafat aims gun at Kweneng Council

SHARE   |   Thursday, 30 August 2018   |   By Ricardo Kanono
Arafat Khan Arafat Khan

Fireworks are expected when councillors from Kweneng convene at the Molepolole headquarters for a full council session which gets underway tomorrow morning (Monday 27th August 2018).  Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) councillor for Borakalalo ward in Molepolole, Arafat Khan, has promised to leave no stone unturned in an effort to expose maladministration and abuse of public funds by Kweneng District Council (KwDC).

Khan, who recently sparked controversy as the founder and leader of the Fear Fokol brigade, that has vowed to defend UDC president Duma Boko at all cost, says a lot of poor decisions have been made in KwDC which cost the tax payer millions of pula. He said residents of Kweneng and the general public deserve to know how public funds are being wasted by KwDC while they wallow in poverty.

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Two weeks ago Khan submitted questions and motions to the KwDC demanding an explanation about the recently concluded court case which the municipality lost to Estate Construction. He has requested KwDC to update councillors about developments surrounding the construction of Molepolole bus terminal situated in Borakalalo ward.

 He is particularly interested in the legal costs incurred by KwDC since the court case began; the dispute costs for the case; and the amount of money payable to Estate Construction for the work done to date. Khan also wants to know the reasons why the KwDC has delayed to pay the contractor especially that handing over of the project has long been completed. Further, he wants to know whether or not the KwDC consulted with the Attorney General's Chamber for advice, prior to defending and appealing the case which the Council lost with costs.

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On Friday Khan said the motivation for the questions was because he was against the idea of KwDC going to court over the issue, but rather suggested an out of court settlement at council during deliberations on the matter. "They rejected my advice and ended up losing the case with costs. When I heard that they are appealing the case I cautioned them and advised them to seek advice from the AG’s chambers. KwDC never had a case against Estate,they only wanted to waste the taxpayers money. Just imagine now the council is expected to pay about 10m interest that must have accumulated during the case,the 10m cld have utilised in the development of the district. I believe that both the council administration and its political leadership must take blame ! They were reckless!" charged Khan.

According to Khan, the construction of the Molepolole Bus Terminal has affected the homesteads in Borakalalo closer to the site and houses developed cracks as a result. "I ask if indeed the responsibility lies with KwDC to fix cracks developed, and or, if its true; Why it took the Kweneng District Council long to fix the affected areas as per the contract? And when is the council going to attend and fix the house cracks of affected homesteads?" says Khan.

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The former Botswana National Front (BNF) youth league secretary has also noticed a motion "that this honorable house resolves that all public facilities (roads, schools, hospitals) in Kweneng be named after nation builders and icons of our region who have played a significant role in the lives of people of Kweneng and scrap off names of imperialists and colonizers attached to our facilities".



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