Botswana President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says when political governance was established in Botswana, democracy already existed within the Kgotla system.
Speaking at the official opening of the Tonota Kgotla shelter last week, President Khama said Dikgotla have always played a role in ensuring peace and tranquility.
He said over the years, the Kgotla has been a place from where developments are discussed, and also where wayward members of the community are brought before their elders to be shown the error of their ways.
President Khama also called on Batswana to continue to respect culture and uphold the spirit of botho.
The President urged Batswana to exercise botho even when using technology such as social media.
Also in attendance was Tonota MP and Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Mr. Thapelo Olopeng, who said the project cost P2-million Pula to construct.
A local businessman, Mr. Moffat James, donated the money.
Minister Olopeng said the shelter has a sitting capacity of 1 200. The new Kgotla has an inbuilt public address system, ablution block and Wi-Fi, which was installed by Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA).
Mr. Olopeng said Wi-Fi was installed in a bid to encourage the youth to participate in activities held at the Kgotla.
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