A Botswana Democratic Party Councillor for Thito ward in Maun, Mmoedi Modiegi has lambasted the North West District Council’s decision to form a partnership with Hultsfred Municipality of Sweden.
Debating Council Chairman’s speech, Modiege argued that that the partnership between the two Councils was a waste of money and useless.
Modiegi said that the partnership would not in any way benefit the NWDC because the Council could only afford to send a few employees to Sweden for benchmarking purposes.
Demanding that the NWDC be briefed on all costs incurred during the Sweden trip Modiege said: “It would be better, and cost effective if we benchmarked against Namibia for example where all councillors could go using a single bus instead of having a situation whereby we have to fly three people to a country that we can hardly learn anything from.
”Modiege further argued that Sweden roads were not something that Ngamiland could copy because the country was way too advanced and the terrains and weather conditions way too different.
He was responding to Council Chairman, Lathang Molonda’s remarks that the twinning programme with Hultsfred Municipality was progressing well.
“As you are aware the main area for cooperation is Local Economic Development on poverty alleviation through capacity building in the informal sector in the district,” he had said
Molonda had also noted that as a follow up to the training of trainers which was held in September 202, the NWDC lead team went to Sweden on the 2nd to 10th March 2013 to discuss the project progress as per the agreement between the two parties.
The council, Malonda said had the opportunity to send six more officers to Sweden to be trained as Trainer of Trainers by 2014 to widen the knowledge base of officials for them to deliver more efficient service to the identified projects.
“This is an advantageous move to us since we will have created a pool of officers with essential business skills that will go a long way in capacitating the informal sector even after the project life span.”
Molonda, Deputy Council Secretary (Technical) Motlogelwa Thuso and Senior Public Relations Officer, Wada Motsamai were the only councill employees who have travelled to Sweden so far.