The newly elected Okavango Sub District Council Chairman, Lesedi Boy has promised to hit the ground running in his new political role to ensure improved service delivery and developments to his district.
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Councilor for Shakawe East surprised many when he ousted the former chairman, Mpoke Karapo of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) who defended the position. Boy took control of the Okavango Sub District along with Keabetswe Kubi who was unopposed for the Deputy Chairman position.
Boy believes he is the right man for the job because of his experience having previously served in different council committees. The committees he argued are components that make the body of council.
“I have a lot of experience in council which I will use to be able to handle issues accordingly,” the new chairman said confidently. The chairman believes that he was voted at the right time and has since assured people to expect a lot from him as far as developments and service delivery are concerned.
But what are his goals? Boy said he will ensure that projects are started well on time and are also completed within the set period of time. He also indicated that he has a mission to go and push projects in the area which have been pending.
“I will not focus on political rivalry but I will focus more on people’s wishes because that is our responsibility, people have been complaining about shortage of water and poor roads infrastructure, so this is what I aim to address,” the chairman promised.
He added that his aim is to ensure that roads in his area are maintained and paved. He admitted that the road from Sehithwa to Mohembo as well roads from Mohembo to Gudigwa are a problem to users especially during the rainy season.
He revealed that a tender was awarded for the road from Nokaneng to Gumare but the contractor had to stop as he had some challenges. Boy noted that the contractor made an appeal recently during a sub council meeting and after engagements it was agreed that he should get back on site.
“Recently when we left Gumare it showed that he was bringing his machinery to start the project. So we will ensure that he finishes the work because the road remains a challenge,” he noted.
Since the road from Mohembo to Gudigwa is not included in the developmental plan, Boy indicated that the road is however maintained with funding from government or in-house projects almost every year. As the new iconic Mohembo Bridge is about to be completed Boy said he will try by all means to engage with to government on the tarring of the road to Gudigwa.