Botswana — Kgosi Mmualefhe Mmualefhe of Kachikau in the Chobe District has commended civil servants for taking part in fighting veld fires that devastated the district. Welcoming residents at a kgotla meeting addressed by Chobe MP, Mr Duncan Mlazie, Kgosi Mmualefhe said civil servants worked tirelessly to put out the ravaging fires that were demolishing the beauty that brought tourists to the area. Kgosi Mmualefhe said apart from damaging tourist attractions, the fires were also destroying grazing for livestock and thehabitat for wild animals and birds. He said pensionable workers and industrial class employees did not put forward remunerations but went to put out the fire because they had the interest of Botswana at heart. He noted he was leading the team that was at the fire front. He said the fire first broke out at Pandamatenga areas; and when it was contained, another one broke out at Parakarungu. The last outbreak was at Kachikau. Kgosi Mmualefhe told Mr Mlazie that he had to cancel the 12th anniversary and prize-giving ceremony of Liswaani Junior Secondary School as residents and village elders including kgosi were not informed. Kgosi Mmualefhe and MP Mlazie acknowledged having seen invitation letters the day before the event was to take place Mr Mlazie also commended residents for answering the call to fight veld fires without asking for compensation like in other villages. He said fire fighting was not for civil servants only. He told residents that the Ngoma-Kachikau Road had passed tender stage, adding that three constructors had tendered. The lowest bidder was P190 million while the highest was P270 million. Mr Mlazie said of the 126 residents who would be affected by road construction, only 62 have provided the land board with copies of identity cards and certificates of their plots. He said failure to submit such documents might lead to delay in construction of the much awaited Ngoma-Kachikau Road adding that another delay was aggravated by three months of negotiating how the road should go through the two Mowana trees at Kavimba. Mr Mlazie said Nteletsa II would come to the area as soon as terrestrial aerials under construction at Pandamatenga, Lesoma and Mabele were complete. This would allow BTV, Radio Botswana, BTC and Mascom to render their services. He briefed the residents about Electoral Amendment Bill, Media Practioners Bill, upgrading of Sir Seretse Khama International Airport and University of Botswana Bill that allows the president to nominate the chancellor. For their part, the residents complained of lack of potable water, as available water often caused them intestinal problems. They also complained that despite the fact that they spent days without water, their bills remained high. They urged the state president to intervene as people slept on their jobs at the Chobe District Council. They asked their MP to explore possibilities of selling their cattle in Namibia as it also fell under red zone but they were able to sell at their meat commission similar to BMC.