Mmopane Block One resident were among the biggest losers when Libyan leader Murmur Gaddafi was assassinated a few years ago ÔÇô it emerged this week.
The Libyan dictator had pledged to build a school for Mmopane Block One residents. Years later, Block One residents are still going around with a begging bowl for a sponsorship to build the school while their children have to travel long distances to the nearest school.
Mmopane residents aired their complaints at a kgotla meeting last week that they were desperately in need of a school for their children. The Chairperson of Mogoditshane/Thamaga Sub-District, Councilor Dux Mafoko explained to residents that, “Initially the construction of the school was to be sponsored by Murmur Gaddafi. I believe you know what happened.”
Mafoko told residents that they have been talking to the Chinese Embassy who have offered to finance the construction of the school. He explained that the process was still bogged down in paper work but hoped everything would be sorted out soon.
The village, an extension of Mmopane; some 15 kilometers South West of the capital Gaborone happens to be in the Greater Gaborone planning area.
Due to its proximity to Gaborone it experienced a population boom that overshot both the National Development Plan (NDP) and the District Development Plan (DDP). With a population of about 20 000 as at 2011 (for both Mmopane and Mmopane Block one), there is only one primary school in both villages. Children who live in Block one travel six kilometers to and from school every day.
Between the two villages there is a river, which places children’s lives at risk during rainy seasons. Some pupils attend primary school in nearby Metsimotlhabe village is also three kilometers away, a handful of others go to school in Gaborone which is 10 kilometers away.
The area Councilor, Moemedi Mokgachane revealed in an interview that they have lost a number of children to road accidents along the highway while they were walking to and from school.
“The council has connected water and electricity to the school’s plot. The school’s designs are complete and we are just waiting for the Chinese to come and start construction. Mmopane Block One as a planning area has in its plan, plots for two primary schools, a junior secondary school, and a clinic. The clinic plot has been developed by Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane, leader of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) said Mokgachane.