Government has put aside a piece of land on which a second detention center will be constructed to deal with the ever increasing number of illegal immigrants in Botswana. The Telegraph is informed that the 400 sleeper facility will be constructed in Block 10 in Gaborone at a cost of P5 million during this financial year.
A high security fence has already been erected at the plot, and construction is expected to commence very soon.
The Public Relations Officer in the Prisons Department, Superintendent Edwin Rakhudu, confirmed that the construction of the detention center is due to start soon.
He also said that the detention center will be a temporary facility, as the inmates will be staying in tents instead of permanent structures.
Botswana’s first permanent detention centre was constructed a few years ago in Francistown. It is now over crowded by illegal immigrants, and it is expected that the Gaborone facility will relieve the situation.