President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama says P2.6 billion has been raised through government’s alcohol levy.
Speaking at his farewell event in Molepolole last Friday, Khama said although some people were not happy with the 5% increase in the last two consecutive years, statistics indicate that the rising alcohol consumption level has now stabilized.
He said some of his fellow politicians told him that he put them at risk of losing elections but he went ahead nonetheless and enforced the levy as he had to consider the interest of the people first.
“If people continue to drink alcohol, they are helping the government to do some developments such as road constructions. People should consider their first priority in life, not beer. What is disturbing is that most of the people who are caught in drunken driving incidents are the young people,” Khama said with concern.
When addressing the issue of water shortage in Molepolole the outgoing president said the problem was due to the old network of pipes where 40 percent of water is lost through leakages. “This year Malwelwe boreholes will be equipped and repairing the water pipes will also commence this year, which is going to cost P300 million. The Metsimotlhabe pump station will also be used to bring the water to the village,”
He promised that in the next two weeks the Minister of Transport and Communications and the Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services will conduct kgotla meeting to address the residents about the projects in the village.
When welcoming the president, Kgosi Kgari III appreciated the Khama for improving the lives of Batswana by introducing the alcohol levy which, he said, brought about behavioral change.
Earlier on, Member of Parliament for Molepolole South- Dr Tlamelo Mmatli, had raised his concerns and pleaded with the president to address issues of water shortages and other developments in the village.
The president was presented with four bags of 10kg sorghum meal, two 50kg maize meal two traditional baskets, 12 CDs for Kobamo Ellias Kgweba’s poems, a poetry anthology, a calabash, 13 herds of cattle, 9 goats, a guinea fowl, 30 chickens and P140 000.