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(1) IN THE OPEN: Shashe residents (2) IN ACTION: The yellow monster (3) DEJECTED: Tirelo

Yellow monster rears its ugly again in Maun

More than 100 families from Shashe ward in Maun were left with no roofs over their heads after the yellow monster bulldozed their homes to the ground on Monday morning.

Amongst the affected was a 64 -year -old man who was nearly buried under the rubble of his house.

Speaking to The Voice during the demolition, Ditaolo Tirelo said that while still trying to remove the door, the bull dozer brought his house down without a warning. He said that he only saw dust filling the house and people screaming for help.

“I then realized that the machine was bringing my house down and I had to quickly dash out before I could be injured,” said the shaken old man with dust all over his coat.
And his main concern like the rest of the community was, where to next as Shashe was the only place they called home.

The only alternative that the affected families have at the moment is to seek refuge under the trees.

Councillor Kaukapita Kaukapita of Sedie ward rushed to the scene and pleaded with them to consult District Commissioner’s office for temporary accommodation to avoid being soaked in rain.

However that could not happen as by Wednesday when it rained the families some of whom were made up of new born babies were still under trees.
The majority of the evicted families blamed their area councillor Gimamma Ben of the Botswana Democratic Party who they accused of neglecting them after getting their votes through cheating.
“We were made to believe that we were voting for her father until after elections, she cheated her way to council and she has not set foot in this area in the last three years,” said Boikobo Mothowamadi.

The councillor was not there even at a full council the following day and was not available for a comment.

Surprisingly the District Commissioner for Ngamiland Bernadette Malala said that she was not aware of demolitions of houses in Shashe.

“I don’t know anything about evictions of squatters or people from Shashe, its news to me and I cannot say much,” she said before leaving Council Chambers.

17 families were evicted in Sexaxa some few months back while 27 and 22 were evicted from Toteng and Xanxana areas respectively.


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12 Responses to “LEFT HOMELESS”

  1. cheerful 2012/12/10

    ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL AND SHAMEFUL
    and the Board is bragging about re-branding in another article???

  2. cheerful 2012/12/10

    “The councillor was not there even at a full council the following day and was not available for a comment.”

    ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING AND DISGRACEFUL
    Probably his doing his Festive shopping and could NOT CARE LESS ABOUT THE PEOPLE- DOES NOT SEEM TO GET HIS PRIORITIES IN ORDER (!)(???)

  3. cheerful 2012/12/10

    In the REbranding The board says the following:-
    “This diversity brings pride and respect for the Kgosi and the community. It also shows the abundant wildlife that is found in the district.”

    NO RESPECT FOR ANYONE IN MY VIEW

    The following may not go down well in some quarters but is an HONEST OPINION

    You cannot be making HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HOMELESS BY BULLDOZING THEIR HOMES ANDLEAVING THEM IN THE OPEN TO SLEEP UNDER THE STARS UNDER AN AFRICAN SKY AND ON THE ONE HAND HAVE A HOUSING APPEAL FOR THE HOMELESS

  4. cheerful 2012/12/10

    ““I don’t know anything about evictions of squatters or people from Shashe, its news to me and I cannot say much,” she said before leaving Council Chambers.”

    ONE WOULD THINK SOMEONE WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE ”
    ITS NEWS TO ME AND I SHALL INVESTIGATE THE MATTER TO FIND OUT IF THIS IS TRUE”

    SHAME SHAME SHAME

  5. cheerful 2012/12/11

    “Speaking to The Voice during the demolition, Ditaolo Tirelo said that while still trying to remove the door, the bull dozer brought his house down without a warning. He said that he only saw dust filling the house and people screaming for help.”

    This is a 64 YEAR OLD PERSON THE LAST INCIDENT IN THIS AREA WAS A 104 YEAR OLD

    ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING DISGRACEFUL AND INHUMAN

    Hope the Childrens Organisations and those representing the Elderly and the vunerable are VOICING THEIR CONCERNS OUT LOUD LOUD

  6. cheerful 2012/12/11

    “However that could not happen as by Wednesday when it rained the families some of whom were made up of new born babies were still under trees.
    “The majority of the evicted families blamed their area councillor Gimamma Ben of the Botswana Democratic Party who they accused of neglecting them after getting their votes through cheating.
    “We were made to believe that we were voting for her father until after elections, she cheated her way to council and she has not set foot in this area in the last three years,” said Boikobo Mothowamadi.”

    If the person has not set foot in the area for THREE YEARS alot leaves to be desired of the person – Probably they are telling others in authority what they are doing when in actual fact they are just delivering LIP SERVICE

  7. cheerful 2012/12/11

    SHOCKING SHOCKING SHOCKING when one has to read there are NEW BORN BABIES AMONGST THEM

  8. cheerful 2012/12/11

    ““I then realized that the machine was bringing my house down and I had to quickly dash out before I could be injured,” said the shaken old man with dust all over his coat.
    And his main concern like the rest of the community was, where to next as Shashe was the only place they called home.

    IMAGINE HOW TRAUMATISED THE PEOPLE ARE ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY LIKE THE 64 YEAR OLD – HE HAS LOST EVERYTHING

    THE 104 YEAR OLD GRANNY MUST HAVE BEEN VERY TRAUMATISED WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO HER

    AND NO CARE IN THE WORLD FROM AUTHORITIES EVEN TO ALLOW THEM TO COLLECT THEIR BELONGINGS SHAM SHAME SHAME
    SOMEONE SHOULD BE ASSISTING THEM WITH LEGAL AID

  9. cheerful 2012/12/12

    “Councillor Kaukapita Kaukapita of Sedie ward rushed to the scene and pleaded with them to consult District Commissioner’s office for temporary accommodation to avoid being soaked in rain.”
    IS THERE A REASON WHY THE COUNCILLOR COULD NOT CONSULT WITH THE DC OFFICE ON BEHALF OF THE AFFECTED PEOPLE????????? SHAME SHAME SHAME AS THE ARTICLE GOES ON TO SAY THAT THEIR OWN very councillor has not set foot in the area for three solid years??????

  10. cheerful 2012/12/12

    Those who are now seeking refuge under the trees in the POURING RAIN WILL FALL ILL INCLUDING THE NEW BORN BABIES ABSOLUTELY INHUMAN AND HORRIFIC NOT IN THIS MODERN DAY ( THE 21ST CENTURY) AND AGE THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN

  11. cheerful 2012/12/14

    This article should stay on the front Pages over the Festive Season and embarass those who carried out this HORRIFIC AND INHUMAN ACT

    While they are at they tables SCOFFING AT THEIR FESTIVE MEAL PROBABLY BRAGGING THAT THEY DEMOLISHED DISADVANTED PEOPLES HOMES – THE 100 FAMILIES INCLUDING NEW BORN BABIES WILL BE IN THE OPEN, UNDER THE STARS AT NIGHT

    PLEASE VOICE LEAVE THIS ARTICLE ON THE FRONT PAGE YOU WILL BE DOING TO BRING ATTENTION TO THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THIS THAT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT.

    IF YOU CAN ASSIST THESE FAMILIES PICK UP THE PHONE OR VISIT THE VOICE

  12. cheerful 2012/12/18

    in my view this story should have been one of the Big Headlines – this has not happened- is there a reason because it will embarass someone in authority???????.

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