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Mokaila offers solution for unbearable Gaborone traffic congestion

Publishing Date : 09 July, 2018

Author : BAKANG TIRO

The Minister of Transport and Communications (MTC), Kitso Mokaila has said plans aimed at mitigating traffic congestion in the Gaborone, especially during peak hours are underway. Mokaila recently told parliament that his ministry was aware of is currently implementing projects to improve the situation.


Mokaila revealed this while answering a question from Nkange MP, Edwin Batshu, who asked if the minister was aware of the increasingly heavy traffic along the roads in Gaborone which causes unbearable traffic congestion which increases roads accidents. Mokaila revealed that the Traffic Signals Improvement and establishment of Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) for greater Gaborone under Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBMOT) is currently in progress and the design is expected to be completed in September 2018.


He said the construction and installation of the system is expected to commence in November 2018 or soon thereafter. He added “Moving to design and construct of intersections in greater Gaborone is meant to complement the signal traffic improvements. The project is currently at the procurement stage,” he said. The minister further said the assisted Technical Bid Evaluation was submitted for clearance by the financier (World Bank) in May this year with Financial Proposals expected to be opened during this month (July).


He continued to say that the other strategy implemented to regulate traffic is the construction and design of three (3) interchanges along the western Bypass at the intersections with Lobatse Road (Game City Circle), Kudumatse Drive (Rainbow Circle) and Willie Seboni Road (BTV Circle). He further said, “The financier being (OFID) granted conditional No objection on 27 June 2018, subject at some clarifications on the evaluation. Financial proposals are also expected to be opened during July 2018 after acceptance of the clarifications by the financier.”


The Nkange based Batshu had challenged Mokaila to state if his Ministry had any plans to ease the situation and whether his Ministry would consider regulating the import of second hand vehicles which do not only increase traffic but also pollute the environment. On the regulation of second hand imported motor vehicles, Mokaila stated that the Ministry has already drafted regulations to be implemented under Road Traffic Act specified for (Control of Motor Vehicle emissions, Importation and Registration of Pre-owned Motor vehicles) and consultations are ongoing with relevant stakeholders before finalisation. According to Mokaila the regulations precisely deal with the control of the importation of pre-owned vehicles and the emissions control.


Law makers have proposed that the ministry adopts other countries’ model of limiting the number of vehicles to travel per day in a congested city like Gaborone’s calibre. For his part, Gaborone North Member of Parliament, Haskins Nkaigwa said that it is not very good for the ministry to keep funds borrowed from the World Bank meant for implementing road projects for a very long time without utilisation. Nkaigwa observed that the money was long borrowed in 2010.


Gaborone Central MP, Dr Phenyo Butale said the minister should reflect how the borrowed World Bank loan will be utilized and blamed the ministry for failing to kick start the projects while the loan has been long availed. He said the ministry must be capacitated in order to be able to deliver the necessary projects. 

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