Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Rsearch, Science and Technology, Fidleis Molao
Thank you Mr Speaker for your indulgence. Mr Speaker, I wish to add a word or two in response to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by His Excellency the President of the Republic Masisi.
I want to preface my response in this manner Mr Speaker, that upon becoming the President of the Republic and constituting his Cabinet, His Excellency saw it fit to call a retreat at Manong. A retreat at which the aim was for His Excellency, his Cabinet and the Executive to go and talk, to go and open up to one another, to go and identify, define and refine our desired destiny and/or outcome of the Government moving towards 2019, to develop an agenda. Mr Speaker, we were regrouping to discuss and rediscover the passion for our work. This was a first and this was very laudable if you like, that His Excellency called us to Manong to go and deliberate as his team and/or his Cabinet on the way forward.
There were certain key issues that were identified, amongst them, issues that were of concern to the populace because whatever we do as a Government, whatever we do in terms of policy position and/or policy construct and deliberations, we all want to serve humanity, we want to serve the people.
At Manong, a few problematic issues were identified and amongst them was the problem animals or the hunting ban if you like, the Alcohol Levy and trading hours, the agricultural land usage, corruption and possible enacting of the Declaration of Assets Bill and the Immigration Policy. These are some of the issues that were identified to be of concern to the populace.
Mr Speaker, at Manong, we deliberated on some of these issues and agreed in spirit that we have come to know as Batswana, the culture of consultation. In policy development Mr Speaker, I am a student of policy development and analysis; when you craft policies, you need to identify the need for such policy. You also need to identify the lead persons in the construct of that policy, you gather information. There are seven or eight elements that you look at; you gather information, after gathering information you draft the policy and the most important part is to consult the appropriate stakeholders and in this instance, the populace that you seek to craft a policy which is going to serve them.
At Manong, we agreed in regard to the possible lifting and/or control of problem animals; that we need to go and consult the people who are affected on a day-to-day basis by the hunting ban, if you like. Hence a committee headed by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Dr Venson-Moitoi was set up, after extensive deliberations that they must go and consult with the people, where they live. This consultation has been ongoing.
Mr Speaker, it is evident that there is some resistance and a pushback if you like from the international lobby that is lobbying and resisting against the possible outcome of these consultations and possible reversal of the hunting ban. It is a vicious lobby; one can say Mr Speaker, the clouds are gathering against this consultation and the possible outcomes from the international lobby, vicious pushback.
Mr Speaker, what concerns me is that recently there was an outcry from certain quarters seemingly blemishing the track record of this country where conservation is concerned. We have taken care of our animals and wildlife but there was an outcry out there wanting to tarnish the image, the track record of this Government. What surprised me…
HONOURABLE MEMBER: …(Inaudible) …
MR MOLAO: …from across the aisle, led by Leader of the Opposition. There was stony silence when this issue was ravaging all over the place; stony silence. In so far as the track record that Botswana has, in so far as the intention of the Government and Batswana in general is in terms of the problem animals, stony silence. One would have expected a responsible opposition led by Leader of the Opposition to state their views but there was stony silence. What we got Mr Speaker, which I will conclude that they are an accomplice in this vicious pushback, Leader of the Opposition came here rushing with an ill-conceived Motion of no Confidence against the President and this is nothing else but the intention to cow the Government and the President into not touching this issue because by touching this issue, we are touching their interests.
MR KESUPILE: On a point of clarification. Thank you Mr Speaker. Is the Honourable Member alluding to the mass killing of close to eight elephants? You never informed why you killed elephants. I thought you were referring to that one.
MR MOLAO: Mr Speaker, I hold the Honourable Member in high regard and I am disappointed that he can raise such an issue. I am saying there was an issue which was tarnishing the image of the country and tourism is the second earner of revenue, but we are saying, it was the governing party alone that came out to defend the position of Government and what was obtaining on the ground. In the Opposition what did we get, nothing.
MAJ. GEN. MOKGWARE: Clarification.
MR MOLAO: I am saying in their behaviour; they are accomplices in this pushback because they would have aired their views. Even in the response of the State of the Nation Address, they mentioned nothing, what we get is …
MAJ. GEN. MOKGWARE: Clarification.
MR MOLAO: What we are getting is other threats of bringing another a Motion of no confidence on the President and it is part of this international lobby against what the President and the Government is trying to do in so far as consulting Batswana on the issue of the problem animals. We are consulting Batswana because problem animals, the numbers have increased. People are being displaced at their cattle posts and lands. Go to the Nkange area, Marapong, Matsitama, Matopi, Ditladi and Ngamiland, elephants are all over the place. Government is consulting Batswana, that ultimately we should come up with either a policy of how we can control these animals, if at all lifting the hunting ban then we undertake controlled hunting that will result in reduction of the numbers. It is a truism that the elephant population have outgrown their natural habitat and they are all over the place. I am pointing out to yourself that you are accomplices in this international lobby that is trying to cow the Government in, not taking a position to reduce these animals.
MR MOLAO: I am saying we did not hear your voices. You went under the tables because you are beneficiaries of this international lobby.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: No, you are not telling the truth.
MR MMOLOTSI: Thank you very much Mr Speaker. I thought maybe you would warn Honourable Molao to stop imputing improper motives on the opposition. I would suggest that Honourable Molao should fight their faction battles and leave us alone. We can see that his intention is to pass remarks to others on their side.
MR SPEAKER: Honourable Member, I am not debating with you. Do not drag me into your issues. Please continue Honourable Molao.
MAJ. GEN. MOKGWARE: Point of order Mr Speaker.
MR MOLAO: Mr Speaker, it is true that they never said a word against this vicious attack on Botswana by this international lobby. They never said a word, it is true. They never said a word as politicians in this country, as the opposition in this country, they never said a word.
MAJ. GEN. MOKGWARE: Point of order Mr Speaker.
MR MOLAO: They went under the table and I dare say, they are accomplices.
MAJ. GEN. MOKGWARE: Thank you very much Mr Speaker. I think the Honourable Member is totally out of order. He is making serious allegations against Members of the opposition. He says they are beneficiaries from a scheme where certain international companies including some in the Government, were trying to bash our tourism. How dare can we in the opposition make a comment when we do not have enough information? We have never been briefed by anybody, even the Minister never briefed us, and for the record, the Minister was saying he was standing by his word, by the people who he has hired, other people were saying something else. Now how dare you come here and you say that we are accomplices to that? None of us here has any interest in tourism, nobody. I do not have interest in tourism. I do not even have a business in tourism. Your people that side have that. Can you just tell this member…
MR SPEAKER: You are now debating.
MAJ. GEN. MOKGWARE: Mr Speaker, can you just tell him to withdraw the word “accomplice” because I am not an accomplice. I am not! He should withdraw that word. Otherwise, we are also going to respond to him. I request that he should withdraw that whole statement and state that I am not an accomplice to that. Are we clear? I like my country very much. I was very traumatised to see my country being brought into that particular state. I beg that he should withdraw what he said.
MR SPEAKER: Honourable Mokgware, you are now debating. You are not putting your point of order across. You have said many things, so I do not know what exactly it is you want. You were enraged, so I do not know what you want.
MR MOLAO: When last did they ever wait for any brief on anything? When last did they do that? Why would they want a briefing on this particular matter?
Mr Speaker, in policy development…
MR KEORAPETSE: Point of order. Mr Speaker, I thank you. I would like you to talk to the Honourable Minister, he is imputing improper motives. You see those people who were campaigning against our tourism; they were committing acts of treachery, treason. That was a treasonous behaviour and he knows that within his own party, within his own Government, there were people who were leading this campaign, so he is instead attacking us instead of them. Please just state their names freely. I am going to get my chance; I am going to talk about them here. We do not want to be associated with commission of treachery and treason, please!
MR SPEAKER: So you want me to make a ruling now yet you are saying you are also going to talk about them?
HONOURABLE MEMBERS: …(Laughter!)…
MR SPEAKER: You will talk when the time comes. That is when I will make a ruling after hearing what you would have said. Please continue Honourable Molao.
MR MOLAO: If indeed Mr Speaker those people were committing treachery; I am surprised at the silence from across the aisle against their country. You needed not to come to Parliament to speak. You have got other avenues to speak, you chose silence.
MR SPEAKER: Order! No, just switch off. Honourable Mokgware, stop doing that. Honourable Leader of the House, switch off the microphone. Honourable Mokgware, you are not supposed to do that. The procedure of this House is that when one Member is on the floor debating, the rest of you should seat silently, listening. So please do not do that, you are out of order. Honourable Molao, continue.
MR MOLAO: Mr Speaker, I was still saying that in the construct of policies in any Government, the intention of Government is to draft policies that will have positive outcomes on humanity and people and that is the reason why the Government is out there consulting.
MR SPEAKER: Why are you standing up? I am still wondering why you are interrupting the debate today. Your arguments are very loud and you do not even want to listen to your fellow Honourable Member.
DR MMATLI: Point of order: Thank you Mr Speaker. I think that this House is out of order. The Honourable Member is passing remarks to someone here with him.
MR SPEAKER: Which Honourable Member are you referring to?
DR MMATLI: Honourable Molao is passing remarks to the minister yet he is sitting behind him.
MR SPEAKER: Which Minister?
DR MMATLI: We know…
MR SPEAKER: No, hold on. Which Minister?
DR MMATLI: He is passing remarks to Honourable Tshekedi Khama. He is afraid of him so he is now pointing fingers at him. You can even see what he is doing Mr Speaker. Their argument should end there and leave us out of it because we are not involved.
MR SPEAKER: While you are still on that Honourable Mmatli, when did you become Honourable Tshekedi Khama’s spokesperson?
DR MMATLI: No, we are speaking for ourselves. He should not be afraid of him and in the process point fingers at us. I am speaking on behalf of members on our side of the isle. He should leave us out of their issues and not point fingers at us. Their party factions do not involve us. He is now passing remarks to Honourable Tshekedi Khama and he is doing that behind him. Do not point fingers at us, let it end that side. Please!
MR SPEAKER: No, Honourable Mmatli!
HONOURABLE MEMBERS: … (Murmurs) …
MR SPEAKER: Honourable Mmatli! No! Honourable Khama is present so he will answer for himself if the need arises. Everyone should speak for themselves when the other Honourable Member directs words to them. You complaints are now raising eyebrows.
MR MOLAO: I am your uncle, do not interrupt me while I am talking.
MR NKAIGWA: Point of order. Thank you Mr Speaker. I believe that according to the way you manage this Parliament, you always ask people who imputes improper motives on other Members of Parliament to withdraw their statements. So, I was expecting to hear you ordering uncle Honourable Molao to withdraw his statement since he was imputing improper motives on us without any evidence Mr Speaker.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Maybe he should provide evidence.
MR NKAIGWA: Maybe he should provide evidence that indeed we have interest and we have benefited from issues which were discussed at their party.
I was also expecting you to call the old man, the Vice President to order. He keeps on switching the microphone and speaking on it. That is not allowed in Parliament.
MR SPEAKER: Are you referring to others as old men yet seeking for protection from the Speaker?
HONOURABLE MEMBERS: … (Laughter!) …
MR SPEAKER: No! Proceed Honourable Molao. You will not get any protection.
MR MOLAO: Mr Speaker, I was still saying, in every policy of Government, humanity or the people are at the centre of any policy so crafted. That is why as Government we will continue to consult through the committee headed by Honourable Venson-Moitoi to ultimately come up with the recommendation that Government will adopt in so far as dealing with this problem animal style. Our people are suffering; they no longer grow crops and they have left their cattle posts. I still insist, I am surprised at stony silence from our colleagues as the country is being savagely attacked.
HIS HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT (MR TSOGWANE): Elucidation. Honourable Member of Parliament (MP), do not be intimidated, you have got all your facts right. They always say, “Silence means consent.” So, this is exactly what you are saying, why were they silent about this? They have always trivialised issues, but this time around they did not even try to trivialise.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: … (Inaudible) …
MR TSOGWANE: No, Fidelis Molao has said it in many fora.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Where?
MR TSOGWANE: In many fora, he will tell you. They will answer later.
MR MOLAO: Exactly my point Your Honour. We are saying we will not be cowed; we will continue with resources that Government has in so far as solving this problem animal is concerned.
One other issue from Manong, is the Alcohol Levy and trading hours. In Parliament, and the population out there, they are complaining that since the enacting of the Alcohol Levy and reduction of trading hours; people have lost jobs, Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) has shed jobs and they have closed a depot in Palapye. Even your ordinary restaurant that used to employ five people or so, they cut three and remain with two or even remain with one because of the effects of the levy and the reduction of the trading hours. A committee has also been set, headed by the Minister of Health and Wellness to go and consult Batswana on this. These are the tenets of our democracy. I am very happy that His Excellency President Dr Masisi has taken us back there that we need to go and consult people. Consulting people as I have already said, is a key component of policy formulation. That is what you do. You need to consult the stakeholders who will be affected by such a policy. These policies have been running for a few years, and people are giving us feedback that they are not serving us as well as one would have thought. It is incumbent upon Government to go back to the people and consult so that if we need to correct such policies, we will so do with the feedback from the people wherever they are.
The entertainment industry, not only your restaurant and your pubs, the entertainment industry have always been crying out to say, since the reduction of the trading hours, we have been affected. We are going out to them to say, what do you want us to do; give us your views and we will take them into consideration in correcting whatever that needs to be corrected. These are some of the outcomes of the retreat that we went to Manong; and this is part of planning that we do as Government.
MR MMOLOTSI: Clarification. Thank you very much Honourable Minister. At least what I am sure about is that you have been here for quite some time now, and when all these issues that you are talking about were put together, and all these laws were discussed, you were part of that arrangement. During that time, you agreed that the alcohol trading hours should be reduced. So, I think maybe you should tell us what has changed because it looks like you disagree with everything that was done then, and that disagreement is only coming out clearly now. What has changed?
MR MOLAO: What has changed is the feedback. In any policy construct, you construct policy, you go and implement it, and you want it to have positive outcomes or impact on the populace. If the outcomes are negative, you have every right to revisit that policy. It would be a foolish Government or foolish somebody who will say, I have already enacted this policy, whether it brings negative outcome, I am just going to continue with it like that. What kind of Government will you be if at all you can take over with people who cannot review the policies that they have enacted?
We are a responsible Government that responds to the feedback that we get from the populates and this is what we are doing. This is what has changed; the feedback that we are getting says these policies are negatively affecting us as the populates, and we are responding to that.
HONOURABLE MEMBER: …(Inaudible)...
MR MOLAO: You are entitled to your opinion. Mr Speaker, His Excellency as I have already said that there were certain policies … immigration policy is part of that. We are trying to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country and there has been an outcry that we are too rigid in terms of allowing people to come into Botswana, and now the investors are cagey as to whether they should come and invest here. This is the feedback we have been getting from the people. We say that we need to relook on how we open up and allow people to come and invest here. It is a responsible Government that does that and for this in President Masisi, we are led. Mr Speaker, there is also an issue here …
HONOURABLE MEMBER: Clarification.
MR MOLAO: … of addressing …
MINISTER OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENT, SPORT AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT (MR OLOPENG): On a point of clarification. Honourable Molao, thank you very much for yielding. Can you compare the case where you were talking about policy changes and all that, with a situation whereby the Opposition Leader and leader of minority respond to the State to the Nation Address (SONA) without live coverage and then the ruling party decides to act on the feedback that they receive from the people? Can you say the two scenarios are similar, just to satisfy those on the other side of the isle? I thank you.
MR MOLAO: Exactly Honourable Member. Policies are not cast in stones. Just earlier on during question time, Honourable Mokgware was shouting at Honourable Moipisi in regard to the policy of allocation of plots, to say that if you were a married couple and the husband has a plot, the wife must also get one. We passed a policy here that says they will be entitled to only one plot, but there was an outcry out there. We came here and said, let us reverse and change that. We agreed upon it and they were ululating and wanted it to be implemented like now. Government has acceded to that and we are going to be implementing that. Are we wrong to do that?
HONOURABLE MEMBERS: No.
MR MOLAO: What is your problem with revisiting the hunting ban and lifting it if we have to? What is your problem in revisiting the alcohol levy and trading hours and opening up if we have to? What is your problem with that? What is making you so uncomfortable if we can change such policies, you hypocrites?
HONOURABLE MEMBER: …(Murmurs)....
MR SPEAKER: Honourable Molao!
MR MOLAO: I withdraw Mr Speaker, but they are speaking in tongues.
Mr Speaker, in the State of the Nation Address which was very comprehensive and broad because this was the inaugural for His Excellency and this is the last during the Eleventh Parliament, he needed to cover all issues. That is why it was long. One issue that I need to talk about is of rural development. In the State of the Nation Address we are saying; as Botswana, we are prone to drought year in, year out. We are saying going forward, we want to plan ahead for drought and plan and budget for it every year, not waiting for either an assessment or declaration of drought. Going forward, this is what we will be doing.
Rural infrastructure; we are happy that villages such as Kang, Tutume and Gabane will be getting infrastructure that will change the landscape of such villages. We wish that this should be replicated across the country for us to enhance local economy. We need to get to every little village and put therein, requisite infrastructure that can attract people to come to those villages and also help the locals to do business and also make a living.
Mr Speaker, at transport; we know we have got several roads that are being constructed, some are on the pipeline, one can think of Mookane-Machaneng and Boatle Junction. It has been mentioned here that even Gaborone, there will be inter-changes along the western bypass. One talks here of my constituency; Mandunyane-Mathangwane road which is at tender preparation stage. It is a road that we have talked about for over the years, a road that will cover about seven villages in my constituency. Imagine the possibilities of economic growth in the Shashe West Constituency; villages such as Borolong, Chadibe, Mathangwane, Makobo, Natale and the like in Shashe Mooke, once this road is constructed. Looking forward as a Government we say; we want to divert traffic from Francistown to bypass Francistown so that we reduce congestion. This Government has gone to China to seek loans so that we reconstruct the A3 road from Francistown, all the way to Maun connecting Mohembo and also the Kazungula Bridge, the Mosetse-Kazungula railway, the Martins Drift and Palapye road. This infrastructure is geared towards unlocking the economic opportunities in this area and bringing in revenue in Botswana and the much needed job creation. This is what we are looking at as the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Government, as led by the former President and now the current President Mr Masisi.
Mr Speaker, we are also talking about the issues of water. We have an outcry of water in Botswana. My constituency is one of the constituencies that are thirsty. We got money from the World Bank that needs to upgrade the Ntimbale water scheme to feed villages of Nshakazhogwe, Sebina, Marobela, Marapong and Semitwe with portable water. What we want is expeditious implementation because people are suffering and cannot make a living out of a situation where they queue for water for days, sometimes for two weeks, even a month without a drop from the tap. This is one area in Shashe West that we want the ministry to expedite because monies have been secured to upgrade the water scheme and feed these villages. Not only those villages, but also the villages of Mathangwane, Chadibe, Borolong have a crisis of water and we need to expedite along those lines Mr Speaker.
Mr Speaker, in the State of the Nation Address, possibly the response from the Leader of the Opposition, he talked about public servants and business and said this must be stopped forthwith. I beg to differ Mr Speaker, not every single public servant will be a business person. There will be those who will want to go into business. What we need to talk to is not to say so and so has gone into business, what we need to talk to is what structures we do put in place to avoid corruption in this regard. Not just a sweeping statement to say, if public servants engage in business they will all be corrupt. That is wrong thinking. That is a wrong way of thinking. People should be allowed to go into business if they want. What we need to do is to put in place structures that will curb corruption, whether within the public service or without the public service. That is my position.
We have talked about the issue of industrial relations Mr Speaker, that right now there is a commission that is reviewing…
HONOURABLE MEMBER: On a point of clarification Mr Speaker.
MR MOLAO: I have migrated from that point Honourable T. K.
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND TOURISM (MR KHAMA): Thank you Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, the Honourable Member mentioned that when we were at Manong there was an issue of wildlife, alcohol and corruption. He alluded to the fact that two positions have been adopted on two of these issues. Honourable Member has now brought up the third one, which is corruption and he is referring to public servants having businesses as being one of the avenues which could result in corruption. I would like to ask the Honourable Member if he then does not see that should have been addressed as well, because it is equally important as the others. Thank you.
MR MOLAO: Mr Speaker, I never said for public servants to engage in business it will necessarily result in corruption. I have said for those who say it will, I am saying we should not throw away the baby with the dirty water. We should allow people to get into business and enact legislation or mechanisms that will curb that possible corruption. For now, public servants are just being willy-nilly accused of corruption that they have not been tried for. That is where I am coming from. It is wrong to just paint them with the same brush like people are just painting all politicians with the same brush, that they are corrupt. For example, I am not corrupt. I do not run any business and I have made a conscious decision that I am not going to engage in any business. I take offence that I am just being painted with the same brush with every other person.
Mr Speaker, I wanted to get to the issue of allowing immigration and certainty of investment. The relaxation of our visas and doing business in Botswana…
MR MOLAO: I am not going to yield to any clarification because I do not have time unfortunately. His Excellency has stated that we will be coming out with a National Employment Policy and I hazard to say that this is a welcome development. In addition to that, we should look at the regulations that stifle business in this country. We should deregulate. You know in some quarters that deregulation will serve a purpose of lowering barriers for entry into business into certain industries. That is also one mechanism that will assist us in allowing more entrepreneurs, allowing innovation, competition and efficiency in terms of setting up businesses and running such.
Talking about the collateral registry, which is also one of the issues that will enhance people to afford finance by registering their movable properties…
MR MMOLOTSI: On a point of procedure Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, the procedure of this House is very clear, in fact crystal clear, that when an Honourable Minister wants to explain something or clarification he is given a chance to do that. It is the first time in the history of this Parliament where a Minister is refused an opportunity to clarify. That is why I think now this hatred is taking another dimension, which I think we need to really be worried about. It is not only him, I mean on Friday last week even the Vice President differed with his own Minister. It was very ugly. This kind of hatred Mr Speaker that we see in this House is getting out of hand. We pray that this thing should come to an end.
MR SPEAKER: Honourable Mmolotsi are you bored or are you sleepy?
MR MOLAO: You know Mr Speaker, Mr Merafhe the late would say, “a compliment from an enemy is a suspicious gift.” He will give that response to such comments. Mr Speaker, I was still saying leveraging on the collateral registry which should be put in place as soon as possible, so that people who hitherto have not been able to access finance can be able to access finance and this will help us create the much needed employment.
One aspect that I need to add on is also looking at the youth wage subsidy as one of the strategies that can assist Government to create employment and assist companies to employ younger people or the youth. Mr Speaker, in the State of the Nation Address, I propose that we should look at also the strategy of youth wage subsidy as one of the strategies that will assist us in creating employment for the youth. Mr Speaker, also in the State of the Nation Address, we talked about the 10 stadia that will be constructed across the country and we hope that they will serve the purpose for which they will be constructed and we want during Midterm Review as we review the Plan, we should add onto this 10 and construct stadia. We also want such a facility in the Shashe West constituency. We want such stadia to be rolled throughout the country. This will help in sports development at that level….
ASSISTANT MINISTER OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, RESEARCH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MR MOLAO): Mr Speaker, thank you. I wish to wrap up by concentrating on the promise in National Development Plan (NDP) 11, with regard to Shashe West Constituency. We need to move with speed in the implementation of the promises that we have given to our people in terms of project delivery. Here one talks about the much talked-about Mmandunyane-Mathangwane road, that I talked to yesterday, we need it like now. We are happy that the Ministry of Transport and Communications is at tender preparation stages. We hope they will move with speed to award the tenders so that the road can start in earnest, because it will bring a lot of opportunities for the people of Shashe West and change the landscape of the constituency, make communication and travel very easy in the constituency, and also serve as Francistown bypass, as it were. This is our project that we are very much eager to receive in the constituency.
Also the A3 road; that Francistown-Nata, I understand the Minister of Finance and Economic Development just signed an agreement for technical expertise to come from China in view of the loan that we seek to obtain from China so that they can come and look at roads such as A3, the Mosetse-Kazungula Railway, Martins Drift and all others that are related. We wish that our partners will respond with speed so that work in earnest can begin and the loan agreements can be signed and these roads take effect. We know the state of the Francistown-Nata road as it were. It carries heavy loads and it is in a very bad state. That is also what we wish to receive.
In the health aspect, we carry the promise of having a Level one primary hospital in Sebina, and also an upgrading of Mathangwane clinic, Semitwe clinic and Borolong clinic to include maternity. These are the projects that we are eagerly waiting for so that they are implemented expeditiously to help our people attain a healthy lifestyle, and also access medical attention in their villages or in the areas where they come from.
We are also looking at the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, from way back, we have carried the promise which the ministry has promised, that we will have a police station in Sebina and Marapong this coming financial year. My hope is that when we bring the budget here, these two will be budgeted for and carried out as per the promise from the Minister. These are projects that we have long awaited. There is a problem of crime especially stock theft in my constituency in the areas of Matsitama, Marapong, Jamataka and related areas. These facilities will ensure that we have personnel on the ground that can help to safeguard people’s property, especially stock theft. So, we are looking forward to this.
Also the expeditious implementation of water scheme from Ntimbale, which will cover many villages in my constituency.
MR MOREMI: I wanted Dr Madigele to chip in on this condition, it is a motor neuron issue called dementia tremor. I wish you could allow him to just help.
MR SPEAKER: No, our rules do not allow us Honourable Member. Honourable Molao is the one on the floor. If Honourable Madigele wants to clarify something, he will request for elucidation. He is listening just like you. Proceed Honourable Molao.
MR MOLAO: I was still talking about the water situation in my constituency, that it is extremely bad, for lack of a better word. There is absolutely no water in the areas of Marapong, Semitwe, Marobela and Borolong. 90 per cent of the villages that form my constituency, there is no water. We are aware of the water works that have started to connect villages from Ntimbale. It is taking a long time to turn around, and people are growing impatient. Ultimately, some of them are fetching dirty water from the nearby streams, which is also a health hazard. That is what we need to look at and expeditiously implement this programme.
Our herculean hill as a Government sometimes is coming up with good intentions and then we do not implement as quickly as we can. This is not pleasing to our constituents as it were.
Mr Speaker, I thought with these few remarks, I have made my point. Lastly, let me underscore the issues of consultations that I talked to yesterday on the control of problem animals, that we need to be steadfast and do it to the benefit of our people. Thank you.