Accuses his secretary of sabotage
A 72-year old registered destitute who has a desire to meet President Khama has accused his Private Secretary Tuelo Moloko of denying him a chance to have a one on one with the first citizen.
Elliot Ramaano of Hatsalatladi village in the Kweneng District suspects that the reason President Khama has not responded to the letter he wrote in 2008 was because Moloko never passed it to him.
“The President is always willing to help people. He has an open-door policy and it is people like Moloko who are sabotaging me. Of all the people who have been helped by the President why would he not want to help me?” the old man asked rhetorically.
Ramaano wrote to the President on July 22, 2008 concerning a residential plot, which he said the landboard confiscated unfairly and allocated to somebody else.
The plot was repossessed by the landboard after the unemployed old man failed to develop during the more than five years he had it.
In the letter he wrote, “I am hereby writing this letter appealing for help from you against the problem I am facing. I am a 68 year-old homeless man, with a well fenced residential plot in Hatsalatladi that someone claims to be his.”
The letter further reads that, “the man in possession of my plot is in possession of another plot in Molepolole where he is based. I am hereby crying on your shoulders to help me because the pension I get from the government is not enough to pay rent and buy food.”
In a recent interview, Ramaano stated that he could not develop the plot because he was unemployed and did not have any income.
And when President Khama set a housing appeal for the needy in 2010, Ramaano said he went back to his office hoping he would benefit from the programme.
“I was hoping that the President would consider me under his housing appeal, but here I am still waiting in vain. I went to that office many times to follow up on the letters, but every time I am turned back. That is why I am pleading to the President through this paper,” he pointed out.
To date the Presidential housing appeal is said to have attracted around 460 house pledges with Chinese and Indian companies accounting for close to 400.
Meanwhile the Private Secretary to the President, Tuelo Moloko said they have actually responded to the old man’s letter.
“The response letter advising Ramaano the way forward was written in February 2010 and posted to his address. In the letter he was advised to communicate his concerns to the Minister of Lands and Housing and if not satisfied, then he could meet the Vice President,” Moloko said.