Police Donate A House To A Person Living With Disability

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Botswana Police Service (BPS) this week handed over a fully furnished two and a half house compromising of a bedroom, sitting room, bathroom and a kitchen to a woman living with disability in Maun’s Boseja ward.

The house which was built through fundraising by the law enforcement organ cost about P180 000.Various community members also contributed towards the completion of the house by providing labour and other building materials needed.

Speaking during the official hand over of the house, Commissioner of Police Dinah Marathe explained that the gesture of giving a person dignity by providing shelter in the form of a home is also a way of fighting crime as the individual will have a safe place to live.

She further noted that the donation forms part of BPS’s corporate social responsibility, adding that they working to contribute in attaining social inclusion to reduce poverty, which has direct influence on crime in the country.

“This is a clear indication of our commitment to serving Batswana wholly even out of our line of duty,” Marathe said.

Giving a brief overview of the project, Acting Divisional Commander North West Cyprian Magalela noted that the project commenced in 2016 after they identified the recipient Annah Omphile through the social welfare office.

He indicated that Omphile initially stayed with her mother as squatters however, the mother passed on in 2009 and Omphile was placed at a relative’s place, who stayed with her throughout.

“We managed to liaise with Tawana Landboard to acquire a piece of land where we could construct the house on and they promptly assisted us,” Magalela said.

In her vote of thanks, Omphile who was extremely emotional and unable to contain her happiness thanked BPS for the noble gesture. She noted that the house will be of great benefit to her and her 14-year-old daughter.

In his closing remarks, Maun East Member of Parliament Goretetse Kekgonegile who acknowledged BPS’s remarkable donation pleaded for affirmative action by TLB in land allocations to vulnerable women noting that most of them are often forced to be squatters due to gender based violence.

According to Kekgonegile, the majority of squatters in Ngamiland are female headed households with most running from home due to issues of gender based violence.

“About 60% of women in Ngamiland and across Botswana who are squatters are mainly due to issues related to gender based violence in their homes, so it would be beneficial to treat such people as special cases when it comes to land allocation,” Kekgonegile said.

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