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Botswana: Home Environment Not Safe for Girl Child – Mpetsane

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Masunga — Most perpetrators of the 32 defilement incidents reported in the North East District since the beginning of the are close family members, says the district’s council chairperson Ms Florah Mpetsane.

The statistics showed that the home environment was unsafe for the girl child, she told a full council session in Masunga on Monday.

Ms Mpetsane said the district was experiencing a worrisome trend of high number of defilement cases saying out of the 32 registered since January to date, five had been withdrawn due to lack of evidence while only two perpetrators had been convicted.

She expressed the hope that the COVID-19 pandemic would eventually die paving the way for vigorous campaigns against atrocities facing children in the district.

On the pandemic, she stated that it had affected the world’s economy noting however that the financial difficulties challenged entities to come up with strategies that would improve revenue base.

Ms Mpetsane said the time had come for the district to form a company that would be its investment arm.

The Local Economic Development Strategy was one initiative that could assist in expanding the revenue base, she said.

She noted that the five-year strategy was approved by full council in July, with 14 projects earmarked for completion during the financial year.

The chairperson informed the council that although 2019/20 had been declared a non-drought year, areas that did not receive adequate rainfall including North East District, were proclaimed drought stricken.