Independence celebrations in Francistown which were meant to be attended by people from all walks of life turned out to be a ‘mini kindergarten’ as children dominated the event.
But this did not stop the city mayor James Kgalagwe from reading the President’s speech despite the fact that no one cared to listen as the handful of adults who were there were vendors who had hoped to cash in during the day’s events.
“It is disheartening that Batswana no longer find it worthy or important to celebrate Independence Day. They have totally lost the meaning of this historic day. As city fathers we are very much concerned”, said the Mayor.
Meanwhile the town’s district commissioner Opelo Gaopale was of the view that there was need to embark on more activities as a build- up to Independence Day.
“All the preparations for this day went on well, according to plan, we had a successful Miss Independence beauty pageant, but I believe there is still room for improvement.
Maybe next year we need to interact with the community, to find out the activities they want to see during independence.
Probably another reason there were more children at the stadium than adults is because most adults had gone for the Domboshaba festival,” he said.
Despite the noisy children who were running up and the gusty winds the BDF band and the boys scouts were there to entertain the crowd