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Sebetela, Ngwato Land Board dispute reaches the High Court

The dispute between Ngwato Land Board (NLB) and former cabinet minister Boyce Sebetela over a certain piece of land in Palapye has escalated to the High Court. In 2015, the Ngwato Land Board served Sebetela with a notice to treat in respect of his farms situated at Morupule Lands as per section 32 of the Tribal Land Act.

Sebetela in his founding affidavit stated that in the notice the state clearly indicated its intention to acquire the piece of land in the public interest under section 32 of the Tribal Land Act for the construction of Morupule Coal Mine Open Cast. “I was directed to stop all improvements to the land from the date of the said notice and have cooperated accordingly. Consequently, my family have looked for and acquired land for resettlement at Thabala (for cattle rearing), Paje (for small stock and arable farming) and at Makoro. Thabala plot is 970 hectors. Our cattle count currently sits around 265 cattle,” Sebetela highlighted.

He mentioned that his land was assessed and inspected for compensation between April 8 and June 2015 on the basis of the schedule of compensation of rates for Tribal Areas.  On May 2016, Sebetela received the first complete assessment report from NLB. He swiftly responded to the communiqué and provided a detailed counter-claim with solid evidence for all the improvements that were done in his farms.

 The one time Palapye Member of Parliament strongly believes that the NLB assessment report among other shortcomings had omissions on assets, wrong sizes and measurements of land and fencing parameters.  “The assessment did not comply with Tribal Land Act, Section 33 subsection 2 a-c which outlines the components of adequate compensation,” Sebetela argues in his affidavit.

On November 2016 after several months of negotiations, NLB issued a resolution granting Sebetela P 26 914 023.97 and he was given a day to respond to the offer. The amount was later corrected to P27 704 557.23 late in the afternoon of the same day.  “After further deliberations, NLB issued the final compensation assessment report amounting to P26 230 763.45 on December 2016.

The land board in their resolution granted leave to pursue other avenues to deal with issues they could not address. We agreed with NLB that outstanding issues should not delay the construction of Morupule Coal Mine Open Cast and that payment would be made immediately so that the project continue and we could also continue with our lives,” said Sebetela.

He explained that NLB delayed in processing payment and that has disadvantaged his family grossly. He added, “The delays by NLB deliberately violate section 8 of the Constitution which calls for the prompt payment of adequate compensation.” Sebetela through his attorney, Kaizer Sechele has issued a statutory notice to sue Ngwato Land Board.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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