Member of Parliament for Lerala- Maunatlala Honourable Maele also the Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services addressing Lecheng residents about the amended laws during a Kgotla meeting Photo: Tlhalefang C. Sento

The Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, also the Member of Parliament for Lerala-Maunatlala Constituency Hon. Prince Maele had scheduled Kgotla meetings in his constituency villages from the 4th of October to the 13th of October where he addressed residents about the amended laws from the previous parliament session.

Hon. Maele informed residents about the new and amended bills. Amongst those bills is the Constitutional Amendment Bill and Ministerial Offices Amendment Bill which now caters for the increase in the number of Specially Elected members of Parliament from four - six, Ministerial Offices increased from sixteen-eighteen as well as Assistant Ministers from eight-ten.

He noted that the Trade Dispute bill has been passed which ensures that the Commissioner of labour excises the power to judge cases which used to pile at the Industrial court.

 He further stated that the declaration of essential services is no longer done by the Minister but rather by Parliament. Moreover, he noted that the Whistle blowing bill, Electoral Amendment Act as well as Society Amendment Bill has also been passed.

Touching on other issues, Hon. Maele encouraged Public Servants on D4 scale and below to apply for Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) in order to build houses and reminded them that the process of renting to buy Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) houses is ongoing.

He further commended residents for their massive attendance and good the good conduct they have portrayed within the Kgotla premises.

For their part, residents have expressed gratitude towards the Minister for sharing with them such information of importance and they also congratulated him for his new re-appointment from being the Minister of Lands and Housing to being the Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services.