The Councillor for Marulamantsi/Phase Four ward in the Gaborone Bonnington South constituency, Sergeant ‘Yellowman’ Kgosietsile, has said he is exploring options of taking the Gaborone City Council to Court over poor service delivery in his constituency. Addressing a Kgotla meeting recently in Phase Four, Kgosietsile said he was disappointed at the way the city council has abandoned its mandate of providing services to the residents. He said what was even more painful was that despite having personally hand-delivered invitation letters to officers at the city council, none of them honoured the invitation to come and explain to the residents why they were not receiving services from the council.
The Councillor had invited the council’s Chief Environmental Health Safety Officer, Principal Electrical Engineer, Principal Roads Engineer and the City Mayor amongst others. The officers were expected to provide answers on the dilapidated state of internal roads in the constituency, maintenance of streets lights and the collection of garbage. Kgosietsile told the residents that before he went to demand service from the city council, he had checked whether they were not defaulting on their rates and he found that the residents were paying the council without fail. Kgosietsile said he suspected that the council was deliberately frustrating his efforts of ensuring that his electorates get their worth in his representation. He said some council officials even attempted to demoralise him by telling him to ‘slow’ down because poor service delivery is a long tradition in the city council.
Kgosietsile confirmed that he has already sought legal advice on the steps to take to force the council to provide services to his constituency. He cited cases in the neighbouring South Africa where residents successfully managed to force the municipalities to provide services through court orders. Kgosietsile won the Marulamantsi ward elections under the Umbrella for Democratic Change in the October general elections after wrestling it from BDP’s Nunu Lekau.