NOT AMUSED: Dicheleketo

NOT AMUSED: Dicheleketo


Preparations for the Poverty Eradication Pitso which will be held in the North West District on the 1st to the 3rd of March have not gone without controversy.

The lavish ‘poverty eradication’ project slated for Chanoga village has  nothing to do with poverty and everything to do with entertainment and possible political mileage for government top officials, a village elder has charged.

Although concerted efforts to establish from the office of the president  the exact amount of money to be spent on the 3- day event drew a blank, the unamused Chanoga Village Development Committee Chairperson,Philemon Dicheleketo, has disclosed that  a whopping 5 million pula was expected to be gobbled up in  the an event organised to hand over projects worth a mere P100 000.

Some of the costs indicated included the erection of tents and gazebos, catering , provision of water and electrify to the site, transportation, erection of temporary ablution blocks, clearance of roads and overtime and out of station allowances of hundreds of government employees expected to attend as well as entertainment

Lambasting  the project for not making sound economic sense, the concerned chairperson said: “Clearly this activity has nothing to do with poverty alleviation, let alone poverty eradication. They did not consult us on what we need in this village and now they are coming here in the name of poverty eradication for a fun filled outing at the expense of the tax payers. How  can they spend more than P5 million to donate 100 000 worth of projects and expect us to believe that they want to eradicate poverty..  It does not make sense at all,” He fumed.

Six of the identified 1000 beneficiaries from the northwest district are from Chanoga. One of  the six will be given a tuck shop,another one  gets a house, two get  tailor machines while the last two receive backyard gardens according to the VDC chair.

CLEARED: Road to the site

CLEARED: Road to the site

He further pointed out in an interview that instead of hosting an event with the trappings of a lavish camping party for dignitaries in luxurious tents, government should have considered  providing the villagers whose houses were destroyed by a storm recently with decent accommodation.

“Instead of slashing trees randomly in the bush to set up a camp site  government should have  made roads right here in the  village so that those same roads would benefit the village long after the event.” he said and  went on to plead with government to leave temporary water stand pipes that will be erected for the event for villages to use afterwards.

They should at least not disconnect all the services that they have brought here for their own convenience because that would at least give us an opportunity to turn that spot into a camp site that could  generate a bit of income for the community,” he suggested.

Meanwhile the event which has attracted President Ian Khama’s  Namibian counterpart, President Hifikepunye Pohamba and United Nations representatives has already  filled the sleepy village of Chanoga  with government officials including a strong 100 people poverty eradication organising committee who are hard at work setting up camp.

Poverty-EaraditionAmongst those who have already arrived at Chanoga and were already earning their out of station allowance were  the Department of Roads officials,Council officials and Tawana Land Board officials  tasked with laying out of tents and roads.
When The Voice newspaper went to the location, more than 10 hectors of land was  being cleared  to pave way for the controversial camp site.

A map that was submitted to heads of departments has indicated that there will be a tent for 1000 beneficiaries, another tent  for the  media and another one for heads of ministries, VIPs and VVIPs.

The  VVIP  luxurious tent will be pitched in a no go zone area by the river bank where activities such as boat cruises and bonfires by night are expected to take place.





  1. cheerful 2013/02/16

    Is the group of officials communicating with the Village Head and people in the Village on what sort of development they need before the money is wasted on what should be done with it???

  2. cheerful 2013/02/16

    There is no breakdown on how the Five Million will be spent
    Probably the will appreciate
    1. A Clinic
    2. and houses need to be repaired or rebuilt that were destroyed by the storm
    3. a borehole
    4. or a school if there is none there

  3. cheerful 2013/02/16

    If i am correct the basics are
    Clean Water
    Health facilities

  4. cheerful 2013/02/16

    “They did not consult us on what we need in this village and now they are coming here in the name of poverty eradication for a fun filled outing at the expense of the tax payers. ”

    Just spotted the above sentence and this tells one why all the person has every reason to be unhappy.

    Why are the people not being consulted? They live there and surely they know what they require and should be consulted.

  5. cheerful 2013/02/16

    There must be a group of people.
    The chairman should find out who it is – get their name and make a complaint if he is not satisfied before the money is put to waste and go to the top

  6. cheerful 2013/02/18

    Would not surprise me if someone is telling someone “Everything has gone down well according to schedule”(!!??)when in actual fact things are not going down well!!(??)

    There is no comment in this article on whether the local councillor or MP is aware of what is happenning or has happened

    And as usual there is always blankety blank or hitting a snag(!!!)despite efforts from certain quarters to get the truth

  7. cheerful 2013/02/18

    Perhaps the school(if there is one) needs some equipment or could do with books for the children?????
    a library for the children???
    Or if there is a clinic already built there it could do with some medical equiment?????

  8. cheerful 2013/02/18

    Some Literacy classes for the adults sure they want to tlearn(???)

  9. cheerful 2013/02/18

    The VVIP in my view should be the people who will be handed over the projects

  10. cheerful 2013/02/18

    Is there a reason why the homes that have been destroyed by the storm are being overlooked????- should not be overlooked in my view something Urgently needs attendtionl What will happen when the COLD WINTER MONTHS start to creep in and the homes are not being attended to????????

  11. cheerful 2013/02/19

    what about building a school kitchen at the school if there is one in the village so that those children who do not have a meal at home can have meals at school??????(!!!)
    Mr Chairperson of the village hope someone will listen to you supportive of you!!!

  12. cheerful 2013/02/19

    Looks like the only one giving feedback dear dear dear!!!!!?????

  13. cheerful 2013/02/25

    Will there be a red carpet for the VVIP (which i think stands FOR VERY VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS)!!??? !!???) why are they just not called VIPs like everyone else ??!!!!!!
    What is the breakdown for
    Tents Gazebos, Catering, erecting abulution blocks,overtime, clearing of the place etc.??????etc. the whole hotel has moved from the city to the rural area!!????

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