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- Community passed a motion of no confidence on the board
Residents of Pandamatenga, Lesoma and Kazungula, which form the Paleka Community Trust in the Chobe District have passed a motion of no confidence on the trust’s board of trustees for what they allege to be disregard for its constitution, lack of accountability and transparency.
Community members from the four villages convened a Special General Meeting at Kazungula Kgotla that was attended by the disgruntled multitudes.
During the meeting an interim committee consisting of nine members was appointed with the sole purpose of organising the trust’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) through the Master of the High Court Order. Following the Court Order the AGM is expected to deliver on some resolutions including auditing and the appointment of new Board of Trustees.
Tabling the motion of no confidence, one of the concerned residents, Kabozu Kabozu stated that the Trust Property Control Act permits them as the members of the community to call a Special General Meeting and pass a motion of no confidence when there a clear indication of failure in management by the board.
He accused the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the District Commissioner for having failed to heed their concerns as community members and addressing issues facing Paleka Trust.
Another Kazungula concerned resident, Simon Tshekonyane supported the motion of no-confidence, and posited that the community does not benefit from the resources in the area due to poor management by the board. Tshekonyane argued that the board of trustees lacked management skills, adding that there is a need to appoint individuals who have experience in the tourism industry and they deliver the desired results.
He noted that in other communities, trusts play a very significant role in uplifting the livelihoods of their communities through different projects, while Paleka was a conspicuous exception.
Kazungula Headman Diane Monyane lamented that members of the board are the only ones benefiting from the funds that are being generated, alleging that there is a mismanagement of funds within the trust. He complained that currently there are no developments or projects that could show that the trust is delivering on its mandate, a clear indication of failure to be accountable.
“We want the Paleka Board of Trustees to account for the funds that were generated through the community resources, it is time to remove them from the office because they are not even productive,” he said.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Interim Committee consists of Kabozu Kabozu as Chairperson, Mompati Oageng as Vice Chairperson, Tshepho Banika is the Treasurer, Louis Moyo as Secretary while Baithamaki Shango was appointed as the Vice Secretary.